Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A historical region and former county of northern England. It was part of Northumbria in Anglo-Saxon times.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. England's largest county. Situated in the north-east England; divided into three ridings, (North, West and East, and The City Of York). Since 1974 for administration purposes local government has used different divisions.
  • n. Shorter name for Yorkshire pudding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A county in the north of England.

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

  • n. a former large county in northern England; in 1974 it was divided into three smaller counties

Etymologies

From Old English Eoferwicscīr ("Yorkshire"); Eoferwic (“York”) +‎ scīr (“shire”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Exton for sending to me an account of a Yorkshire clerk which, by the kindness of the editor of the _Yorkshire Weekly Post_, I am enabled to reproduce.

    The Parish Clerk

  • One of my reading group friends in Yorkshire is a doctor who works with homeless people; she spends a lot of her work time dealing with drug and alcohol addiction problems.

    Diane Setterfield - An interview with author

  • # One of the things I'm doing in Yorkshire is finding out how difficult it is to learn not to see like cameras, which has had such an effect on us.

    February 2006

  • Hoare also reflects on Herman Melville and the composition of his great work, and even tracks down a specific whale skeleton in Yorkshire which is explicitly mentioned in Moby-dick.

    March Books 19) Leviathan, or, The Whale, by Philip Hoare

  • Graveyard for Roman gladiators revealed in Yorkshire

    And they all called themselves Spartacus

  • And autumn, in east Yorkshire, is the time of Hull Fair.

    Country diary: East Yorkshire

  • Next week we'll be in Yorkshire, around Janet's Foss and Malham, where the ash grows from the limestone.

    Why woodlands are wonderful

  • Former public school kids who heard my accent and learned I was from a state school in Yorkshire assumed I was "thick" (direct quote), and were "amazed" (another direct quote) to hear that I was one of the top three students on my undergraduate degree course.

    Archive: Oct 08 - Mar 09

  • Maybe I lived in Yorkshire in a previous life, I can understand that accent better than Irish ...

    The Irish Language- is there a Conservative & Unionist Policy?

  • I sometimes thought myself in Yorkshire, sometimes among London cockneys, and sometimes among the best bred people .

    The Yankee Myth

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