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[shef-eeld] /ˈʃɛf ild/
a city in South Yorkshire, in N England.
a city in NW Alabama, on the Tennessee River. Unabridged
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  • It is a busy district between Racine and Sheffield (251 miles).

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    Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • At first the ideas of the Sheffield Association were somewhat parochial.

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  • Most threatening of all is the situation at Manchester and Sheffield.

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  • For the same reason Cutler is a rare name in Sheffield, where all are cutlers.

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    Ernest Weekley
  • We are not a set of babies, Sheffield, to be whipped and sent to bed when we are naughty.

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British Dictionary definitions for Sheffield


a city in N England, in Sheffield unitary authority, South Yorkshire on the River Don: important centre of steel manufacture and of the cutlery industry; Sheffield university (1905) and Sheffield Hallam University (1992). Pop: 439 866 (2001)
a unitary authority in N England, in South Yorkshire. Pop: 512 500 (2003 est). Area: 368 sq km (142 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Sheffield

manufacturing city in Yorkshire, noted for cutlery and metalwork since at least 14c. The name is from late Old English Scafeld "Open Land by the River Sheaf," an Old English river name, perhaps from sceað "boundary."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Sheffield in Culture

Sheffield definition

City in northern England.

Note: One of England's leading industrial centers, famous for cutlery manufacture and heavy steel goods.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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