[deylz-muh n]

noun, plural dales·men.

a person living in a dale or valley, especially in the northern counties of England.

Origin of dalesman

First recorded in 1760–70; dale + 's1 + man1
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Examples from the Web for dalesman

Historical Examples of dalesman

  • ON the following morning there was a sheep-auction at the Dalesman's Daughter.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • None but a dalesman, he said, could read Wordsworth aright, or really love him.

  • The dalesman you meet on the highway can tell you all the lore of his parish, giving dates and citing illustrative lays.

  • The Dalesman's broad breast heaved indignantly, and there was a sob in his voice as he replied.

    Barren Honour: A Novel

    George A. Lawrence

  • My companion talked as only a dalesman can talk—as one whose whole heart is in his subject.

British Dictionary definitions for dalesman


noun plural -men

a person living in a dale, esp in the dales of N England
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