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What does the term "riding" mean , as in West Riding of Yorkshire?

Question #137949. Asked by wonkatriv.
Last updated Aug 01 2021.
Originally posted Oct 27 2014 10:20 PM.

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riding noun (often Riding when part of a name) 1 any of the three former administrative divisions of Yorkshire, East Riding, North Riding and West Riding.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon as thriding, from Norse thrithjungr: third part.

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Oct 28 2014, 1:06 AM
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The "administrative division" sense of riding has been extended in Canada to describe political constituencies, as in the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Calgary-Foothills: "Giving the premier a wide lead over his challengers, Mr. Prentice's new riding of Calgary-Foothills has dutifully sent a Progressive-Conservative to the legislature in every election since the riding's creation in 1971." -from no longer exists

-see also link (which indicates other places, like New Zealand, also use this sense)

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Oct 28 2014, 7:06 PM
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