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/ˌɑːr es ˈsiː/
  1. the Royal Shakespeare Company: a group of actors based in Stratford-upon-Avon, the place where William Shakespeare lived
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a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of their retirement, an important anniversary and the like

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