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 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, "The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England," 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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“Shire town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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