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Etymology

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English ham + shire (county), from Old English Hamtunscīr. The 'p' evolved phonetically between [m] and [sh], as with Thom'p'son.

The community in Prince Edward Island is named after the county in England. The name was inspired by nearby Wiltshire.

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Hampshire (countable and uncountable, plural Hampshires)

  1. A placename
    1. A maritime county in the south of England, United Kingdom bordered by Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire, the English Channel and the Solent separating it from the Isle of Wight; the county town is Winchester.
    2. A community and rural municipality in Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
    3. Ellipsis of Hampshire County.
  2. A surname.

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Hampshire, England, UK

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Hampshire (plural Hampshires)

 
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  1. A pig of a domestic breed characterized by erect ears, a black body, and a white band around the middle, covering the front legs.

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