from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One living in a dale or valley; specifically, a dweller in the dales of the English and Scottish borders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One living in a dale; -- a term applied particularly to the inhabitants of the valleys in the north of England, Norway, etc.

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  • noun A person from the Yorkshire Dales, or sometimes a person from Lakeland.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who lives in the dales of northern England


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  • He might have been a Cumberland dalesman, such were his dignity, and self-possession, and English soberness of manner.

    The White Rose Road

  • Now Lord Amber was plainly of alien stock, but my Lord was as any dalesman.

    The Crystal Gryphon

  • However, they misread the temper of the dales, for a dalesman will fight fiercely for his freedom.

    The Crystal Gryphon

  • For a dalesman his hair was very dark - a ruddy darkness - and his face less broad across the jaw-more oval.

    The Crystal Gryphon

  • And his features had a slightly strange cast, not quite those of a dalesman.

    The Crystal Gryphon

  • Differing from his sister in body as well as in mind, he was a slender, well-set youth, his hair more red than the usual bronze of a dalesman.

    The Crystal Gryphon

  • One of the eight-and-twenty freshmen who matriculated at Trinity Hall along with Charles Dilke in 1862 was David Fenwick Steavenson, a dalesman from Northumberland, with whom he formed a lasting friendship.

    The Life of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles W. Dilke, Volume 1

  • Nobody seemed to know who first built Scarthwaite Hall, though many a dalesman had patched it afterward and pulled portions of it down.

    The Gold Trail

  • Young Rowcliffe was a dalesman and he knew his people.

    The Three Sisters

  • Or, if dialect poetry must be concerned only with rustic life, was the Craven dalesman to have no voice in the matter?

    Yorkshire Dialect Poems (1673-1915) and traditional poems


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