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

  • A borough of central England east-northeast of Birmingham. Built on the site of a Roman settlement, it is an important industrial center in a mining and sheep-raising district. Population: 330,000.
  • n. Any of a breed of large, white-faced sheep having long coarse wool, developed in Leicestershire, a county of central England.
  • n. A hard cheese similar to Cheddar and usually orange.
  • Leicester, First Earl of See Robert Dudley.

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  • proper n. A city in Leicestershire, England

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of a shire in England: applied distinctively to a breed of sheep having a long, tapering head, deep chest, round body, thin skin, and fine white wool; and
  • n. to a breed of cattle, practically the same as the longhorn. This breed, as also the Leicester sheep, was brought into prominence by Robert Bakewell, a noted breeder of the eighteenth century.

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

  • n. an industrial city in Leicestershire in central England; built on the site of a Roman settlement
  • n. a largely agricultural county in central England


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