from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A town of southeast England east-southeast of London. From an ancient Roman settlement, it grew into an important medieval commercial center.
  • A city of southeast Minnesota southeast of Minneapolis. The Mayo Clinic (founded in 1889) is located here.
  • A city of western New York east-northeast of Buffalo on the New York State Canal System near Lake Ontario. It was first settled c. 1812 and grew rapidly after the opening of the Erie Canal (1825).

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  • proper noun A city name, originally of the Rochester in Kent, England.
  • proper noun A British surname.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a town in southeast Minnesota
  • noun a city in western New York; a center of the photographic equipment industry


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Old English Hrofæcæstir, probably meaning ‘Roman town called Hrofi (an ancient Celtic name)’.


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