Leices·​ter ˈle-stər How to pronounce Leicester (audio)
: 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

Word History


Leicester, county in England

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Leicester was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Leicester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Leicester. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Leices·​ter ˈle-stər How to pronounce Leicester (audio)
city central England population 444,000

Note: Leicester is the capital of Leicestershire.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

1st Earl of see Robert dudley see also de montfort

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