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Definition of LEICESTER
: an individual of a breed of white-faced long wool sheep having a massive body and heavy fleece that was originally developed in England and extensively used in the development of numerous modern sheep breeds
: a hard usually orange-colored cheese similar to cheddar
City and unitary authority (pop., 2001: 279,921), geographic and historic county of Leicestershire, central England. Located on the River Soar, it was settled by Romans. A considerable community by Norman times, it was the site of a Norman castle and abbey built in 1143, the ruins of which still stand. King Richard III was killed near Leicester in the Battle of Bosworth Field (1485). It was incorporated in 1589 and became an industrial centre after the arrival of the railway in 1832. The University of Leicester (founded 1957) is nearby.