York·​shire | \ ˈyȯrk-ˌshir How to pronounce Yorkshire (audio) , -shər How to pronounce Yorkshire (audio) \

Definition of Yorkshire

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: a white swine of any of several breeds or strains originated in Yorkshire, England


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York·​shire | \ ˈyȯrk-ˌshir How to pronounce Yorkshire (audio) , -ˌshər How to pronounce Yorkshire (audio) \

Definition of Yorkshire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or York \ ˈyȯrk How to pronounce Yorkshire (audio) \ former county of northern England roughly bounded by the North Sea on the east, the Humber River on the south, the Pennine Chain on the west, and the county of Durham on the north and comprising the city of York and the (former) administrative counties of East Rid*ing \ ˈrī-​diŋ How to pronounce Yorkshire (audio) \ (capital Beverley), North Riding (capital Northallerton), and West Riding (capital Wakefield)

Note: Yorkshire was England's largest county in area until the 1974 reorganization.

2 historical region of northern England roughly equivalent to the former county and centered on present-day North Yorkshire

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Yorkshire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yorkshire. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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