Hampshire

noun
Hamp·​shire | \ˈham(p)-ˌshir, -shər\

Definition of Hampshire 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of a British breed of large hornless black-faced mutton-producing sheep

called also Hampshire Down

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

Hampshire

geographical name
Hamp·​shire | \ˈhamp-ˌshir, -shər\
variants: or Hants \ˈhants \

Definition of Hampshire (Entry 2 of 2)

county of southern England on the English Channel; capital Winchester area 1509 square miles (3908 square kilometers), population 1,317,788

First Known Use of Hampshire

Noun

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Hampshire

Noun

Hampshire, England

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The first known use of Hampshire was in 1875

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