Dor·​set ˈdȯr-sət How to pronounce Dorset (audio)
: any of a breed of domestic white-faced sheep originally developed in Dorset, England

Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dorset was in 1891

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“Dorset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Dor·​set ˈdȯr-sət How to pronounce Dorset (audio)
variants or Dorsetshire
county of southern England bordering the English Channel; capital Dorchester area 1062 square miles (2750 square kilometers), population 412,905

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