from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British See county town.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the capital town of a county; a county town.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire
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From hence my Relation Carry'd me to Holly Well and pass'd thro 'Flint town wch is the shire town 5 mile from harding; its a very Ragged place many villages in England are better, ye houses all thatched and stone walls, but so decay'd that in many places Ready are to tumble down.
Without one, and evidently a runaway, he was taken to Alexandria, the shire town of the parish of Rapides, and confined in prison.
This Kendall is the biggest town and much in ye heart of Westmoreland, but Appleby 10 mile off is the shire town where the session and assizes are held and is 7 miles to this great Lake Wiandermer or great standing water wch is 10 mile long and near halfe a mile over in some places.