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  1. A town in Warwickshire, England, birthplace of Shakespeare. Often used as a byword for a particularly idyllic or historic town.
    • 1957, The Foundry Trade Journal‎, page 454:
      Nuneaton was not a Stratford on Avon, nor had it a salubrious air.
    • 1979, Steven Kagle, America: Exploration and Travel, page 82:
      If America is not privileged enough to have a Stratford-on-Avon, it still has a Concord
  2. A local government district in Warwickshire with its headquarters in the town.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Officially, the term "Stratford-upon-Avon" signifies the town, while the term "Stratford-on-Avon" signifies the district within which it is located. [1] However, this distinction is often ignored.