[burk-sheer, -sher; British bahrk-sheer, -sher]


Also called Berks [burks; British bahrks] /bɜrks; British bɑrks/. a county in S England. 485 sq. mi. (1255 sq. km).
one of an English breed of black hogs, having white markings on the feet, face, and tail.
a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck.

Berkshire Hills

[burk-sheer, -sher]

plural noun

a range of low mountains in W Massachusetts: resort region. Highest peak, Mt. Greylock, 3505 feet (1070 meters).
Also called Berk·shires. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of berkshires

Historical Examples of berkshires

  • I felt it distinctly as I was coming through the Berkshires.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ

    Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes

  • Purdy-Pell suggested the shore road to Boston and back through the Berkshires.

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford

  • Phil's father, who was born in the Berkshires, said all Hoosiers drawled.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Beyond the valley was a range of the Berkshires with every tree distinct.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • An evening paper told him why the millionaire was going to the Berkshires.

British Dictionary definitions for berkshires



a historic county of S England: since reorganization in 1974 the River Thames has marked the N boundary while the Berkshire Downs occupy central parts; the county council was replaced by six unitary authorities in 1998. Area: 1259 sq km (486 sq miles)Abbreviation: Berks
a rare breed of pork and bacon pig having a black body and white points
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Word Origin and History for berkshires


Old English Bearrocscir (893), from an ancient Celtic name meaning "hilly place" + Old English scir "shire, district."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

berkshires in Culture


[(burk-sheerz, burk-shuhrz)]

Mountain chain in western Massachusetts.

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