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thwaite Line breaks: thwaite
Pronunciation: /θweɪt/

Definition of thwaite in English:


[in place names]
A piece of wild land cleared or reclaimed for cultivation: Bassenthwaite
More example sentences
  • The lesser topographical names like thorpe, and in Norwegian-dominated areas thwaite, were marginal settlements and clearings.
  • It is full of fells and pikes, dales and thwaites, all old Viking words which are preserved here but not used widely elsewhere.


Middle English: from Old Norse thveit, thveiti 'paddock', literally 'cut piece'.

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