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 (hămp′shîr, -shər)
1. Any of a breed of large sheep originating in England, having a black face and black ears and legs.
2. Any of a breed of swine originating in England and developed in the United States, having a black body with a white beltlike band around the shoulders and front legs.

[After Hampshire, a county of southern England.]


(ˈhæmpˌʃɪə; -ʃə)
(Placename) a county of S England, on the English Channel: crossed by the Hampshire Downs and the South Downs, with the New Forest in the southwest and many prehistoric and Roman remains: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Portsmouth and Southampton, which became independent unitary authorities in 1997. Administrative centre: Winchester. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 1 251 000 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3679 sq km (1420 sq miles). Abbreviation: Hants


(Biography) Sir Stuart. 1914–2004, British philosopher: his publications include Thought and Action (1959), Two Theories of Morality (1977), and Innocence and Experience (1989)


(ˈhæmp ʃɪər, -ʃər)

a county in S England. 1,578,700; 1460 sq. mi. (3780 sq. km).
Also called Hants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hampshire - a county of southern England on the English Channel
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Winchester - a city in southern England; administrative center of Hampshire
New Forest - an area of woods and heathland in southern Hampshire that was set aside by William I as Crown property in 1079; originally a royal hunting ground but now administered as parkland; noted for its ponies
2.Hampshire - British breed of hornless dark-faced domestic sheep
domestic sheep, Ovis aries - any of various breeds raised for wool or edible meat or skin
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In the ancient and populous county of Hampshire there was no lack of leaders or of soldiers for a service which promised either honor or profit.
The lifesize bronze statue was unveiled after a ceremony in the centre of Basingstoke, in the southern English county of Hampshire, where Austen spent most of her life.
I am just very excited there is an opportunity to raise the profile of cricket here which is under developed compared to the surrounding countries," said Forward, who comes from Romsey in the English cricketing county of Hampshire and has lived in Saar for six years with his wife, Rhiett and their children, Mariella, 16, and Llewellyn,14.
County of Hampshire (Excluding Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight).