[win-ches-ter, -chuh-ster]
  1. a city in Hampshire, in S England: cathedral; capital of the early Wessex kingdom and of medieval England.
  2. a town in E Massachusetts, near Boston.
  3. a city in N Virginia: Civil War battles 1862, 1864.
  4. a city in E central Kentucky.
  5. a town in NW Connecticut.
  6. Winchester rifle.
  7. Computers. Winchester disk.


  1. (in the Middle Ages) a kingdom, later an earldom, in S England. Capital: Winchester.
  2. the fictional setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, principally identifiable with Dorsetshire. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of winchester

Historical Examples of winchester

  • We visited him at Winchester, and found him sorely old and with failing wits.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • That bag at his girdle is full of the teeth that he drew at Winchester fair.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He was up in a corn-crib with a Winchester when they opened on him.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Why should he strive to take young Woodville before Colonel Winchester?

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • But first he produced Woodville's pistol and handed it to Colonel Winchester.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for winchester


  1. (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


  1. 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)


  1. 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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper