[dev-uh n-sheer, -sher]


a county in SW England. 2591 sq. mi. (6710 sq. km).

Also called Devon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for devonshire

Contemporary Examples of devonshire

  • In fact, Devonshire has more rooftop solar installations than any other region in England.

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    It’s Always Sunny In England

    The Daily Beast

    September 17, 2014

  • Chatwin's tone throughout Under the Sun  recalls the Duchess of Devonshire's epistolary adieu, "In tearing haste—."

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    The Enigmatic Nomad

    Kirk Davis Swinehart

    February 26, 2011

Historical Examples of devonshire

  • You must make a mistake: my uncle married this lady in Devonshire.

  • There are some thousands in arms already, and all Devonshire is on the move.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Five hundred horse with the Devonshire militiamen were in the van.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • This was probably the brightest era in the life of the Duchess of Devonshire.

  • "We're going back to Devonshire the day after to-morrow," she said.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for devonshire



8th Duke of, title of Spencer Compton Cavendish. 1833–1908, British politician, also known (1858–91) as Lord Hartington. He led the Liberal Party (1874–80) and left it to found the Liberal Unionist Party (1886)
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