noun \ˈdr-sət\

Definition of DORSET

:  any of a breed of domestic white-faced sheep originally developed in Dorset, England

First Known Use of DORSET



geographical name \ˈdr-sət\

Definition of DORSET

county S England Dorchester area 1062 square miles (2750 square kilometers), pop 645,200

Variants of DORSET

Dor·set or Dor·set·shire \-ˌshir, -shər\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Administrative (pop., 2001: 390,986), geographic, and historic county, southwestern England. It is located on the English Channel; its county seat is Dorchester. Prehistoric peoples were active in the area and left abundant monuments dating from the Neolithic Period, Bronze Age, and Iron Age, including Maiden Castle, a huge earthworks just outside Dorchester. The area subsequently became part of the West Saxon kingdom. As Wessex, it appears in the writings of Thomas Hardy.


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