Berk·​shire ˈbərk-ˌshir How to pronounce Berkshire (audio) -shər How to pronounce Berkshire (audio)
: any of a breed of medium-sized black swine with white markings

Word History


Berkshire, England

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Berkshire was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Berkshire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Berk·​shire ˈbärk-shər How to pronounce Berkshire (audio)
former county of southern England in the Thames River basin; capital Reading

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