- 1st Earl of. Harley, Robert.
- a city in S Oxfordshire, in S England, NW of London: university, founded in 12th century.
- a town in SW Ohio.
- a town in S Massachusetts.
- a town in N Mississippi, hometown of William Faulkner.
- Also called Oxford Down. one of an English breed of large, hornless sheep, noted for its market lambs and heavy fleece of medium length.
- a city in S England, administrative centre of Oxfordshire, at the confluence of the Rivers Thames and Cherwell: Royalist headquarters during the Civil War; seat of Oxford University, consisting of 40 separate colleges, the oldest being University College (1249), and Oxford Brookes University (1993); motor-vehicle industry. Pop: 143 016 (2001)Related word: Oxonian
- Also called: Oxford Down a breed of sheep with middle-length wool and a dark brown face and legs
- a type of stout laced shoe with a low heel
- a lightweight fabric of plain or twill weave used esp for men's shirts
- 1st Earl of. title of (Robert) Harley
Word Origin and History for oxford-down
university town in England, Middle English Oxforde, from Old English Oxnaforda (10c.) literally "where the oxen ford." In reference to a type of shoe laced over the instep, it is attested from 1721 (Oxford-cut shoes). Related: Oxfordian; Oxfordish; Oxfordist; Oxfordy.