shire town


Definition of shire town

1 British : a town that is the seat of the government of a shire
2 New England : a town where a court of superior jurisdiction (such as a circuit court or a court with a jury) sits

Examples of shire town in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here in Woodstock, a small shire town of about 3,000 people, the Yankee Bookshop credits local support with the store’s survival. Gareth Henderson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Dec. 2021 Now The Shires of Vermont Byway The Shires of Vermont is the name of the southwest corner of Vermont, which includes the historic shire towns of Bennington and Manchester. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of shire town

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Dec 2021

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“Shire town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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