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[kil-ken-ee] /kɪlˈkɛn i/
a county in Leinster, in the SE Republic of Ireland. 796 sq. mi. (2060 sq. km).
its county seat. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Kildare, some thirty miles from Dublin, is the junction for the Kilkenny branch of the line.

    The Sunny Side of Ireland John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
  • Thus, somewhat after the fashion of Kilkenny cats, perished two tyrants of the sea.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • He died of fever on the 16th, and was buried, as he himself had willed, in the Franciscan church at Kilkenny.

  • He got a letter by the post, and set out half an hour after for Kilkenny.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • He had to his father a Kilkenny Irishman, who apprenticed the boy early in life to his uncle, a brewer.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • But whatever you do, don't remind her of the fate of the Kilkenny cats.

  • "This is a noice thrick, an' the both from Kilkenny," said he to Pat.

    Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • They fought each other like Kilkenny cats whenever they came together.

British Dictionary definitions for Kilkenny


a county of SE Republic of Ireland, in Leinster province: mostly agricultural. County town: Kilkenny. Pop: 80 339 (2002). Area: 2062 sq km (796 sq miles)
a market town in SE Republic of Ireland, county town of Co Kilkenny: capital of the ancient kingdom of Ossory. Pop: 9500 (latest est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Kilkenny

county in Leinster, Ireland. The county is named for its town, from Irish Cill Chainnigh "Church of (St.) Kenneth." The story of the Kilkenny cats, a pair of which fought until only their tails were left, is attested from 1807.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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