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  1. a seaport in Avon, in SW England, on the Avon River near its confluence with the Severn estuary.
  2. a city in central Connecticut.
  3. a city in NE Tennessee, contiguous with but politically independent of Bristol, Virginia.
  4. a town in E Rhode Island.
  5. a city in SW Virginia.
  6. a town in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River.
  7. Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, considered as a unit.
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Examples from the Web for bristols

Historical Examples

  • The latter portion of the expression went out with Bristols fame as a seaport.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Stan craned his neck and saw what was holding the eyes of the men in the Blenheims and the Bristols.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • The nine light Spitfires went down in a screaming dive to cover the Blenheims and the Bristols.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • Stan knifed into a wedge of Heinkels darting down to drop upon one of the Bristols.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • For a discussion of the Greek texts, see Professor Bristols exposition in the same volume.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart

British Dictionary definitions for bristols


pl n
  1. British slang a woman's breasts
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Word Origin

C20: short for Bristol Cities, rhyming slang for titties


  1. City of Bristol a port and industrial city in SW England, mainly in Bristol unitary authority, on the River Avon seven miles from its mouth on the Bristol Channel: a major port, trading with America, in the 17th and 18th centuries; the modern port consists chiefly of docks at Avonmouth and Portishead; noted for the Clifton Suspension Bridge (designed by I. K. Brunel, 1834) over the Avon gorge; Bristol university (1909) and University of the West of England (1992). Pop: 420 556 (2001)
  2. City of Bristol a unitary authority in SW England, created in 1996 from part of Avon county. Pop: 391 500 (2003 est). Area: 110 sq km (42 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bristols


City in western England, Middle English Bridgestow, from Old English Brycgstow, literally "assembly place by a bridge" (see bridge (n.) + stow). A local peculiarity of pronunciation adds -l to words ending in vowels. Of a type of pottery, 1776; of a type of glass, 1880. In British slang, "breast," 1961, from Bristol cities, rhyming slang for titties.

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