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Dictionary Definition

ware n : articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: silverware; software v : spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not" [syn: consume, squander, waste]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK): /wɛə/, /wE@/
  • (US): , /wɛr/, /wEr/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛə(r)

Etymology 1



  1. aware

Etymology 2



  1. A product that is bought or sold; a commodity.
Derived terms

Etymology 3

from warian


  1. To beware of something.









Extensive Definition

Ware is a town of around 18,000 people in Hertfordshire, England, close to Hertford (the county town).


Archaeology has shown that Ware has been occupied since at least the Mesolithic period (which ended about 4,000 BC). The Romans had a sizeable settlement here and foundations of several buildings, including a temple, have been found. A well preserved Roman skeleton of a teenage girl has been found as well. Ware was on Ermine Street, the Roman road from London to Lincoln.
The modern name of the town dates from the Anglo-Saxon period when 'weirs' were built to stop the invading Vikings from escaping in their longships after defeat by Alfred the Great in a battle near Ware. In the Domesday survey of 1085 it was the second largest town in Hertfordshire. It was also a great coaching town, being on the Old North Road, less than a day's journey from London. In the seventeenth century Ware became the source of the New River, constructed to bring fresh water to London. England's first turnpike (toll) road ran from Wadesmill to Ware. The town was once a centre of malting.
During the 16th century Ware was plagued by a series of vicious murders, believed by many to be perpetrated by a group of vampires known as the Von Swan Klan. According to town folklore the monsters were defeated by David Michaels, an ex-soldier who's family had been brutally killed by the Klan. It is said that the spirit of Michaels still watches over the town, so as to ensure the Swans never return.
With the River Lee (aka River Lea) flowing through the centre of Ware, transport by water was for many years a significant industry. As an old brewing town (and some of the old maltings still stand, although none are functional), barley was transported in, and beer out via the river. Bargemen born in Ware were given the "freedom of the River Thames" - avoiding the requirement of paying lock dues - as a result of their transport of fresh water and food in, and dead bodies out of London during the great plague of 1665-1666. "Buryfield" in Ware is thought by many to be where the bodies were buried, but that is in fact not the case, the name apparently originating before 1666, with the burial of large numbers of Roman inhabitants of Ware
Tragedy struck the town on 25 January 1990 when a 15-year-old local girl struck by a falling tree was one of 39 people to die in a storm that ravaged Britain.


It has a fourteenth-century priory, now the local council offices and a conference centre. Recent restoration work has shown that the 'priory' - it was really a friary - dates from the thirteenth century. Opposite the priory is the large fourteenth century parish church of St. Mary. It is known for its elaborate font with large carved stone figures. The town is also famous for its many 18th Century riverside gazebos, several of which have been restored recently. It is also famous for the Great Bed of Ware, which was mentioned by Shakespeare and is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Ware is also mentioned in the Canterbury Tales. GlaxoSmithKline has a large plant in the town.
Today the town's main employer is GlaxoSmithKline, but there are also many other small factories. It is also a commuting town for London, with regular rail services between Ware railway station and London Liverpool Street.
Ware is home to Scott's Grotto, built for John Scott, an 18th Century poet who owned Amwell House from 1768. The grotto, the largest in the UK, is a series of chambers extending over 65ft into the chalk hillside. The chambers are decorated with shells, stones such as flint and coloured glass. The Grotto is owned by East Herts District Council and was restored in 1990 by the Ware society.
During two weeks of the summer, Ware Council holds the 'Ware Festival' culminating in the 'Rock at the Priory' a one day open air Music Festival that grows each year in popularity.
Ware is also famous for its exciting characters, including Hatman, Feast, Big Dave, Snax and Tibs. These naturious characters go round town causing chaos and beautiful destruction.
The motto on the town's coat-of-arms is a pun on the town's name; 'Cave' is Latin for 'beware'.

Ware FC

The Club was founded in 1892 and although first called Ware Town soon changed its name to plain Ware FC. This unassuming designation makes it probably the shortest named affiliate of the Football Association and has caused problems for programme editors and journalists ever since. Recently Ware FC qualified for the FA Cup 1st round proper for the first time in 39 years but lost in a close game to Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 in front of a ground record attendance of 2,123. Ware FC have played at Wodson Park since 1996 since relocating from their original home The Buryfield as a result of GlaxoWellcome's exapansion in the town.

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ware in French: Ware
ware in Dutch: Ware
ware in Romanian: Ware
ware in Volapük: Ware (Hertfordshire)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alive, apprehensive, article, article of commerce, article of merchandise, au courant, awake, catalog goods, cognizant, commodities, commodity, conscious, consumer goods, consumer items, conversant, drug, effects, feature, goods, goods for sale, inventory, item, job lot, knowing, lead item, leader, line, line of goods, loss leader, mail-order goods, merchandise, product, seconds, sensible, sideline, special, standard article, staple, staple item, staples, stock, stock-in-trade, vendible, vendibles, wares
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