a town in SE Staffordshire, in central England, N of Birmingham: birthplace of Samuel Johnson. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • But 'within the focus of the Lichfield lamps' he regains his strength like a Samson.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • The derivation of the word “Lichfield” has excited a good deal of controversy.

    Anna Seward

    Stapleton Martin

  • It was not for nothing that Dr. Johnson came down to Lichfield.

  • For a time he assisted his brother in the conduct of the business at Lichfield.

    Immortal Memories

    Clement Shorter

  • I have heard your town of Lichfield much famed for ale; I think I 'll taste that.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

    George Farquhar

British Dictionary definitions for lichfield



a city in central England, in SE Staffordshire: cathedral with three spires (13th-14th century); birthplace of Samuel Johnson, during whose lifetime the Lichfield Group (a literary circle) flourished. Pop: 28 435 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for lichfield


Licitfelda (c.710) "Open Land near Letocetum" (Celtic place name meaning "gray wood") + Old English feld.

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