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

Definition of Yorkshire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
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 York (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

First Known Use of Yorkshire


1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Yorkshire.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yorkshire. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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