1 a county of NE England, 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. (including unitary authorities): 874809 (1994 est.). Area (including unitary authorities): 2722 sq. km (1051 sq. miles), (Abbrev.)
2 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.: 36937 (1991)
3 a variety of shorthorn cattle See →
abbrev. for Durham
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