Winchester

[ win-ches-ter, -chuh-ster ]
/ ˈwɪnˌtʃɛs tər, -tʃə stər /
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noun

Definition for winchester (2 of 2)

Wessex

[ wes-iks ]
/ ˈwɛs ɪks /

noun

(in the Middle Ages) a kingdom, later an earldom, in S England. Capital: Winchester.
the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire.
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British Dictionary definitions for winchester (1 of 4)

winchester

/ (ˈwɪntʃɪstə) /

noun

(sometimes capital) a large cylindrical bottle with a narrow neck used for transporting chemicals. It contains about 2.5 litres

Word Origin for winchester

after Winchester, Hampshire

British Dictionary definitions for winchester (2 of 4)

Winchester

/ (ˈwɪntʃɪstə) /

noun

a city in S England, administrative centre of Hampshire: a Romano-British town; Saxon capital of Wessex; 11th-century cathedral; site of Winchester College (1382), English public school. Pop: 41 420 (2001)

British Dictionary definitions for winchester (3 of 4)

Wessex

1
/ (ˈwɛsɪks) /

noun

an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in S and SW England that became the most powerful English kingdom by the 10th century a.d
  1. (in Thomas Hardy's works) the southwestern counties of England, esp Dorset
  2. (as modifier)Wessex Poems

British Dictionary definitions for winchester (4 of 4)

Wessex

2

noun

Earl of Wessex See Edward (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for winchester

Winchester


city in Hampshire, capital of Wessex and later of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom, Old English Uintancæstir (c.730), from Ouenta (c.150), from Venta, a pre-Celtic name perhaps meaning "favored or chief place" + Old English ceaster "Roman town" (see Chester). The meaning "kind of breech-loading repeating rifle" is from the name of Oliver F. Winchester (1810-1880), U.S. manufacturer.

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