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Stafford

[staf-erd] /ˈstæf ərd/
noun
1.
Jean, 1915–79, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
2.
Sir Edward William, 1819–1901, New Zealand political leader, born in Scotland: prime minister 1856–61, 1865–69, 1872.
3.
a city in and the county seat of Staffordshire, in central England.
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  • Nor did he again fall behind until Stafford was reached at noon.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • He let that Stafford pinch his arm twice without making a sign.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • He turns into a little public house, pushes Stafford along the passage.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Stafford leans against the wall in the passage, looking ghastly.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • But the family are of the best blood in Lancashire, Sir Stafford.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for Stafford

Stafford1

/ˈstæfəd/
noun
1.
a market town in central England, administrative centre of Staffordshire. Pop: 63 681 (2001)

Stafford2

/ˈstæfəd/
noun
1.
Sir Edward William. 1819–1901, New Zealand statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1856–61; 1865–69; 1872)
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Word Origin and History for Stafford

town in England, mid-11c., Stæfford, literally "ford by a landing-place," from Old English stæð + ford. County town of Staffordshire, which, as a name for a type of earthenware and porcelain made there is attested from 1765.

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