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

  • A fashionable district in the West End of London, England. It was named after an annual fair held in the district until 1708.

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  • proper n. An annual two-week-long fair that took place in central London between 1686 and 1764.
  • proper n. An area of central London named after this fair.


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