[hahr-ferd-sheer, -sher, hahrt-]


a county in SE England. 631 sq. mi. (1635 sq. km).

Also called Hertford, Herts [hahrts, hurts] /hɑrts, hɜrts/.
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Historical Examples of herts

  • Wha has the richt to see intil ither fowk's herts and lives?

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • Odd specimens were taken here and there in Kent, Surrey, and Herts.

  • I dinna believe 'at he thinks aboot his glory excep' for the sake o' the trowth an' men's herts deein' for want o' 't.'

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • Ferrers lived far into the reign of Elizabeth, finishing his career at Flamstead in his native county of Herts in 1579.

  • Shes a lot better than me and werthy of him so thats all right too but it herts and Id be kind of glad to go out.

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for herts


abbreviation for




a county of S England, bordering on Greater London in the south: mainly low-lying, with the Chiltern Hills in the northwest; largely agricultural; light industries, esp in the new towns. Administrative centre: Hertford. Pop: 1 040 900 (2003 est). Area: 1634 sq km (631 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for herts


Old English Heortfordscir, from Herutford (731), literally "ford frequented by harts."

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