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[hahr-ferd-sheer, -sher, hahrt-] /ˈhɑr fərdˌʃɪər, -ʃər, ˈhɑrt-/
a county in SE England. 631 sq. mi. (1635 sq. km).
Also called Hertford, Herts [hahrts, hurts] /hɑrts, hɜrts/ (Show IPA). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wha has the richt to see intil ither fowk's herts and lives?

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Odd specimens were taken here and there in Kent, Surrey, and herts.

  • I dinna believe 'at he thinks aboot his glory excep' for the sake o' the trowth an' men's herts deein' for want o' 't.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Ferrers lived far into the reign of Elizabeth, finishing his career at Flamstead in his native county of herts in 1579.

  • Shes a lot better than me and werthy of him so thats all right too but it herts and Id be kind of glad to go out.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • And that, not only in the north, but in herts and Hants, as I had occasion to note when trout-fishing in these southern counties.

    Trees. A Woodland Notebook Herbert Maxwell
  • Unique social function which took place at Little Puddlethorpe, herts, last week.

  • A good rule for dry weather was a bad one for wet; and what might be advisable for Suffolk would be wrong in herts.

  • No a' the birdies' bonnic sangs, nor a' the sweet warks o' God, can pit glaidness intil broken, sorrowfu' herts.


    Janet Milne Rae
  • In the county of herts it is computed there may be sixty families, having many children.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
British Dictionary definitions for herts




/ˈhɑːtfədˌʃɪə; -ʃə/
a county of S England, bordering on Greater London in the south: mainly low-lying, with the Chiltern Hills in the northwest; largely agricultural; light industries, esp in the new towns. Administrative centre: Hertford. Pop: 1 040 900 (2003 est). Area: 1634 sq km (631 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for herts


Old English Heortfordscir, from Herutford (731), literally "ford frequented by harts."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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