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  1. a city in South Yorkshire, in N England.
  2. a city in NW Alabama, on the Tennessee River.
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Examples from the Web for sheffield

Contemporary Examples of sheffield

Historical Examples of sheffield

  • It is a busy district between Racine and Sheffield (251 miles).

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

  • At first the ideas of the Sheffield Association were somewhat parochial.

  • Most threatening of all is the situation at Manchester and Sheffield.

  • For the same reason Cutler is a rare name in Sheffield, where all are cutlers.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • We are not a set of babies, Sheffield, to be whipped and sent to bed when we are naughty.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for sheffield


  1. a city in N England, in Sheffield unitary authority, South Yorkshire on the River Don: important centre of steel manufacture and of the cutlery industry; Sheffield university (1905) and Sheffield Hallam University (1992). Pop: 439 866 (2001)
  2. a unitary authority in N England, in South Yorkshire. Pop: 512 500 (2003 est). Area: 368 sq km (142 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for sheffield


manufacturing city in Yorkshire, noted for cutlery and metalwork since at least 14c. The name is from late Old English Scafeld "Open Land by the River Sheaf," an Old English river name, perhaps from sceað "boundary."

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sheffield in Culture


City in northern England.

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One of England's leading industrial centers, famous for cutlery manufacture and heavy steel goods.
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