Shrop·​shire ˈshräp-ˌshir How to pronounce Shropshire (audio)
 especially US  -ˌshī(-ə)r,
 especially Southern  ˈsräp-
: any of a breed of dark-faced hornless sheep of English origin that are raised for both mutton and wool

Word History


Shropshire, England

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shropshire was in 1803

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Cite this Entry

“Shropshire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Shrop·​shire ˈshräp-shər How to pronounce Shropshire (audio)
variants or Salop
ˈsa-ləp How to pronounce Shropshire (audio)
county of western England bordering on Wales; capital Shrewsbury area 1396 square miles (3616 square kilometers), population 306,000

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