Leicester

[les-ter]
noun
  1. 1st Earl of. Robert Dudley.
  2. a city in Leicestershire in central England.
  3. Leicestershire.
  4. one of an English breed of large sheep, noted for its coarse, long wool and large yield of mutton.
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Leicester

1
noun
  1. a city in central England, in Leicester unitary authority, on the River Soar: administrative centre of Leicestershire: Roman remains and a ruined Norman castle; two universities (1957, 1992); light engineering, hosiery, and footwear industries. Pop: 283 900 (2003 est)
  2. a unitary authority in central England, in Leicestershire. Pop: 330 574 (2001). Area: 73 sq km (28 sq miles)
  3. short for Leicestershire
  4. a breed of sheep with long wool, originally from Leicestershire
  5. a fairly mild dark orange whole-milk cheese, similar to Cheddar

Leicester

2
noun
  1. Earl of. title of Robert Dudley. ?1532–88, English courtier; favourite of Elizabeth I. He led an unsuccessful expedition to the Netherlands (1585–87)
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Word Origin and History for leicester

Leicester

Ligera ceaster (early 10c.) "Roman Town of the People Called Ligore," a tribal name, of unknown origin. For second element, see Chester.

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