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Laura riding

[rahy-ding] /ˈraɪ dɪŋ/

Laura, 1901–91, U.S. poet, novelist, and critic.

(capital when part of a name) any of the three former administrative divisions of Yorkshire: North Riding, East Riding and West Riding
(in Canada) a parliamentary constituency
(in New Zealand) a rural electorate for local government

c.1300, verbal noun from ride (v.). Meaning “teasing, annoying” is from 1927. Riding-hood, worn by women when riding or exposed to weather, is from mid-15c.

one of the three districts into which Yorkshire was divided, late 13c., from late Old English *þriðing, a relic of Viking rule, from Old Norse ðriðjungr “third part,” from ðriði “third” (see third). The initial consonant merged with final consonant of preceding north, west, or east.


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