- 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.
- a range of low mountains in W Massachusetts: resort region. Highest peak, Mt. Greylock, 3505 feet (1070 meters).
Examples from the Web for berkshires
Contemporary Examples of berkshires
In the summer of 1974, I attended a summer camp in the Berkshires that no longer exists.Endless Summer: Meg Wolitzer Talks About “The Interestings”
April 16, 2013
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
Phil's father, who was born in the Berkshires, said all Hoosiers drawled.Otherwise Phyllis
Beyond the valley was a range of the Berkshires with every tree distinct.The Job
An evening paper told him why the millionaire was going to the Berkshires.Anthony Trent, Master Criminal
- 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
Word Origin and History for berkshires
Old English Bearrocscir (893), from an ancient Celtic name meaning "hilly place" + Old English scir "shire, district."
Mountain chain in western Massachusetts.