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Dur·ham 1

1. A city of northeast England south of Newcastle. It is noted for its cathedral and castle, built by the Normans in the 1100s.
2. A city of north-central North Carolina near Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Settled c. 1750, it is the seat of Duke University (founded 1838).

Dur·ham 2


[After Durham, a county of northern England.]


1. (Placename) a former administrative county of NE England; became a unitary authority in 2009; on the North Sea: rises to the N Pennines in the west: the geographical and ceremonial county includes the unitary authorities of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees (both part of Cleveland until 1996) and Darlington (created in 1997). Administrative centre: Durham. Pop (of Durham unitary authority): 494 200 (2003 est). Area (of Durham unitary authority): 2434 sq km (940 sq miles). Abbreviation: Dur.
2. (Placename) a city in NE England, administrative centre of Co Durham, on the River Wear: Norman cathedral; 11th-century castle (founded by William the Conqueror), now occupied by the University of Durham (1832). Pop: 42 939 (2001)
3. (Breeds) a rare variety of shorthorn cattle. See shorthorn


(ˈdɜr əm, ˈdʌr-)

1. a county in NE England. 604,300; 940 sq. mi. (2435 sq. km).
2. a city in this county. 86,500.
3. a city in N North Carolina. 149,799.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Durham - a city of north central North CarolinaDurham - a city of north central North Carolina; site of Duke University
Duke University - a university in Durham, North Carolina
NC, North Carolina, Old North State, Tar Heel State - a state in southeastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies
2.Durham - English breed of short-horned cattleDurham - English breed of short-horned cattle
beef, beef cattle - cattle that are reared for their meat
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