Chester (placename element)

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The English place-name Chester, and the suffixes -chester, -caster and -cester, are commonly indications that the place is the site of a Roman castrum, meaning a military camp or fort, but it can also apply to the site of a pre-historic fort.[1] Names ending in "-cester" are nearly always reduced to "-ster" when spoken, the exception being "Cirencester", which is pronounced in full.[2] The pronunciation of names ending in -chester or -caster is regular.

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  1. ^ Ekwall, E. (1960). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names (4th ed.). OUP. p. 92. ISBN 0-19-869103-3. 
  2. ^ Wells, John C. (2000). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. 2nd ed. Longman. ISBN 0-582-36468-X.