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[ey-vuh n, av-uh n for 1–4; ey-von for 5]
  1. a river in central England, flowing SE past Stratford-on-Avon to the Severn. 96 miles (155 km) long.
  2. a river in S England, flowing W to the mouth of the Severn. About 75 miles (120 km) long.
  3. a river in S England, flowing S to the English Channel. About 60 miles (100 km) long.
  4. a county in SW England. 520 sq. mi. (1346 sq. km)
  5. a town in N Connecticut.
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Historical Examples

  • For some little time after her battle with the "Avon," her movements can be traced.

  • But all was richer, larger, and more beautiful—the valley of the Avon below Amesbury.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • It is not the Avon which runs by Stratford's storied banks, but still it is the Avon.


    Frederic S. Cozzens

  • The Avon is a navigable river, and the tides rise in it to a great height.

    The Silent Readers

    William D. Lewis

  • Here they heard that the bridge over the Avon at Keynsham was broken down.

British Dictionary definitions for avon


  1. a former county of SW England, created in 1974 from areas of N Somerset and S Gloucestershire: replaced in 1996 by the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset (Somerset), North Somerset (Somerset), South Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire), and Bristol
  2. a river in central England, rising in Northamptonshire and flowing southwest through Stratford-on-Avon to the River Severn at Tewkesbury. Length: 154 km (96 miles)
  3. a river in SW England, rising in Gloucestershire and flowing south and west through Bristol to the Severn estuary at Avonmouth . Length: 120 km (75 miles)
  4. a river in S England, rising in Wiltshire and flowing south to the English Channel. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)
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  1. Earl of.title of (Anthony) Eden 1
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Word Origin and History for avon


river in southwestern England, from Celtic abona "river" (see afanc).

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