Hamp·​shire ˈham(p)-ˌshir How to pronounce Hampshire (audio)
: any of a British breed of large hornless black-faced mutton-producing sheep

called also Hampshire Down

: any of an American breed of black white-belted swine

Word History


Hampshire, England

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hampshire was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Hampshire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hampshire. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Hamp·​shire ˈhamp-ˌshir How to pronounce Hampshire (audio)
variants or Hants
county of southern England on the English Channel; capital Winchester area 1509 square miles (3908 square kilometers), population 1,317,788

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