[ bed-ferd-sheer, -sher ]

  1. a county in central England. 477 sq. mi. (1,235 sq. km).

  • Also called Bedford [bed-ferd], /ˈbɛd fərd/, Beds [bedz] /bɛdz/ .

Words Nearby Bedfordshire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Bedfordshire in a sentence

  • We have seen how in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire the sokemen have fared ill; but still some are left there.

    Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland

British Dictionary definitions for Bedfordshire


/ (ˈbɛdfədˌʃɪə, -ʃə) /

  1. a county of S central England, administered since 2009 by the unitary authorities of Bedford and Central Bedfordshire: mainly low-lying, with the Chiltern Hills in the south: the geographical county includes Luton, which became a separate unitary authority in 1997. Area (excluding Luton): 1192 sq km (460 sq miles): Abbreviation: Beds

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