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(ˈlɛstəˌʃɪə; -ʃə)
(Placename) a county of central England: absorbed the small historical county of Rutland in 1974; Rutland and Leicester city became independent unitary authorities in 1997: largely agricultural. Administrative centre: Leicester. Pop (excluding Leicester city): 619 200 (2003 est). Area (excluding Leicester city): 2084 sq km (804 sq miles). Shortened form: Leicester Abbreviation: Leics
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(ˈlɛs tərˌʃɪər, -ʃər)

a county in central England. 890,800; 986 sq. mi. (2555 sq. km). Also called Leicester.
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Noun1.Leicestershire - a largely agricultural county in central EnglandLeicestershire - a largely agricultural county in central England
Bosworth Field - the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses (1485); Richard III was killed and Henry Tudor was crowned as Henry VII
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Leicester - an industrial city in Leicestershire in central England; built on the site of a Roman settlement
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The yeoman stood the angry glance of the Prince with the same unvaried steadiness which had marked his former deportment, saying, with a smile, ``I have no intention to leave Ashby until the day after to-morrow I must see how Staffordshire and Leicestershire can draw their bows the forests of Needwood and Charnwood must rear good archers.''
"Thirteen years ago," he said, "two young men--call them by their Christian names, Wingrave and Lumley--shared a somewhat extensive hunting box in Leicestershire. They were both of good family, well off, and fairly popular, Lumley the more so perhaps.
Fletcher and I mean to get a house in Leicestershire, against the next season.
'used to go down to the house in Leicestershire pretty often, and stop there many days at a time.
That night they took up their inn in Melton Mowbray, in Leicestershire, and the next night they lodged at Kettering, in Northamptonshire; and the next at Bedford Town; and the next at St.
The great Leicestershire sheep charge away across the field as the pack comes racing down the slope.
Announcing the signing, Leicestershire chief executive David Smith said: "I am delighted that Matthew has chosen Leicestershire over a number of other interested counties.
MATTHEWHoggard began a new chapter in his career yesterday after agreeing a three-year contract to become Leicestershire's new captain.
Lee Daggett's career was in limbo last night after Warwickshire declined to allow him to go on loan to Leicestershire.
CENTURIES from skipper Robert Croft and Jonathan Hughes put Glamorgan firmly in the driving seat against Leicestershire at Sophia Gardens.
Leicestershire won the county championship yesterday as Surrey conceded defeat in their chase to overhaul the long-time leaders.

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