- (in the Middle Ages) a kingdom, later an earldom, in S England. Capital: Winchester.
- the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire.
Examples from the Web for winchester
(Rioters) were building a barricade across Winchester Street and looking for material.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
But what happens at Winchester University is a microcosm of the cruel world beyond its be-crested gates.‘Dear White People’ Is the Race Movie America Didn’t Know It Needed
October 17, 2014
Alfred The Great, who was described by historians as “the most perfect character in history,” died in Winchester in 899 AD.Scientists Find Remains of Alfred The Great Or King Edward The Elder
January 17, 2014
This 13th-century fresco of a lion was painted near Burgos in Spain, probably by an itinerant English artist from Winchester.Caught by the Tale at the Cloisters
March 15, 2013
We grew up skiing, horseback riding, hiking, and building fires at summer camp in our hometown of Winchester, Mass.Sister of Former SEAL Glen Doherty Says He Always ‘Loved Adventure’
September 20, 2012
We visited him at Winchester, and found him sorely old and with failing wits.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
That bag at his girdle is full of the teeth that he drew at Winchester fair.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He was up in a corn-crib with a Winchester when they opened on him.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
He glanced at Colonel Winchester and saw that his face had flushed.
But first he produced Woodville's pistol and handed it to Colonel Winchester.
- (sometimes capital) a large cylindrical bottle with a narrow neck used for transporting chemicals. It contains about 2.5 litres
- a city in S England, administrative centre of Hampshire: a Romano-British town; Saxon capital of Wessex; 11th-century cathedral; site of Winchester College (1382), English public school. Pop: 41 420 (2001)
- an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in S and SW England that became the most powerful English kingdom by the 10th century a.d
- (in Thomas Hardy's works) the southwestern counties of England, esp Dorset
- (as modifier)Wessex Poems
- Earl of Wessex See Edward (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for winchester
city in Hampshire, capital of Wessex and later of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom, Old English Uintancæstir (c.730), from Ouenta (c.150), from Venta, a pre-Celtic name perhaps meaning "favored or chief place" + Old English ceaster "Roman town" (see Chester). The meaning "kind of breech-loading repeating rifle" is from the name of Oliver F. Winchester (1810-1880), U.S. manufacturer.