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[south-amp-tuh n, -hamp-]
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  1. Henry Wri·othes·ley [rahy-uh ths-lee] /ˈraɪ əθs li/, 3rd Earl of,1573–1624, English nobleman, soldier, and patron of writers, including William Shakespeare.
  2. a former administrative county in S England: a part of Hampshire.
  3. a town on SE Long Island, in SE New York: resort town.
  4. a seaport in Hampshire county in S England.
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  • He is as big and brawny as Ascapart at the bar-gate at Southampton.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • The place at his right had been vacant ever since they left Southampton.

  • "A telegram from Southampton, sir," announced Roland to Mr. Galloway.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • You will sell your commission, and sail for Calcutta by the next ship that leaves Southampton.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • What have you done with the luggage that was sent from Southampton?

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for southampton


  1. a port in S England, in Southampton unitary authority, Hampshire on Southampton Water (an inlet of the English Channel): chief English passenger port; university (1952); shipyards and oil refinery. Pop: 234 224 (2001)
  2. a unitary authority in S England, in Hampshire. Pop: 221 100 (2003 est). Area: 49 sq km (19 sq miles)


  1. 3rd Earl of, title of Henry Wriothesley. 1573–1624, English courtier and patron of Shakespeare, who dedicated Venus and Adonis (1593) and The Rape of Lucrece (1594) to him: sentenced to death (1601) for his part in the Essex rebellion but reprieved
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