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[les-ter-sheer, -sher]
  1. a county in central England. 986 sq. mi. (2555 sq. km).
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Also called Leicester.
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Examples from the Web for leicestershire

Historical Examples

  • In 1809 we find him established as a lace-manufacturer at Loughborough, in Leicestershire.


    Samuel Smiles

  • I tell my valet, we go at Leicestershire for the hunting fox.

  • "I was off for a day's hunting down in Leicestershire," said Agincourt.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • He endowed a hospital for poor widows at Frolesworth in Leicestershire.

  • Francis Beaumont was born at Gracedieu, in Leicestershire in 1584.

British Dictionary definitions for leicestershire


  1. a county of central England: absorbed the small historical county of Rutland in 1974; Rutland and Leicester city became independent unitary authorities in 1997: largely agricultural. Administrative centre: Leicester. Pop (excluding Leicester city): 619 200 (2003 est). Area (excluding Leicester city): 2084 sq km (804 sq miles)Shortened form: Leicester Abbreviation: Leics
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