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Washington

Line breaks: Wash¦ing|ton
Pronunciation: /ˈwɒʃɪŋtən
 
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Definition of Washington in English:

1A state of the north-western US, on the Pacific coast; population 6,549,224 (est. 2008); capital, Olympia. It became the 42nd state in 1889.
2The capital of the US; population 591,833 (est. 2008). It is coextensive with the District of Columbia, a federal district on the Potomac River with boundaries on the states of Virginia and Maryland. Founded in 1790, during the presidency of George Washington, it was planned and built as a capital city. Full name Washington DC.
3An industrial town in NE England, designated as a new town in 1964; population 51,700 (est. 2009).

Derivatives

Washingtonian

1
Pronunciation: /ˌwɒʃɪŋˈtəʊnɪən/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • What is most troublesome of all is the strained attempt by all the Washingtonians (from Senators to journalists) to be ‘on camera’ and deliver their lines with feigned nonchalance.
  • While intended to help lower-income Washingtonians, the exemption is available for any home in the nation's capital that is the occupant's ‘permanent’ residence.
  • Wow, these Washingtonians are intense about their cherry blossoms.

Words that rhyme with Washington

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