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Sydney British & World English

The capital of New South Wales in SE Australia; population 4,399,722 (2008). It was the first British settlement in Australia and is the country’s largest city and chief port. It has a fine natural harbour, crossed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge (opened 1932), and a striking opera house (opened 1973)

Smith, Sydney British & World English

(1771–1845), English Anglican churchman, essayist, and wit. He is notable for his Letters of Peter Plymley (1807), which defended Catholic Emancipation

Pollack, Sydney British & World English

(1934–2008), US director; full name Sydney Irwin Pollack. Notable movies include The Way We Were (1973), Out of Africa (1985), Havana (1990), and The Firm (1993)

Sydneysider British & World English

A native or inhabitant of Sydney

William Sydney Porter in Henry, O. British & World English

(1862–1910), American short-story writer; pseudonym of William Sydney Porter. Jailed for embezzlement in 1898, he started writing short stories in prison. Collections include Cabbages and Kings (1904) and The Voice of the City (1908)

James Sydney Ensor in Ensor, James British & World English

Baron (1860–1949), Belgian painter and engraver, noted for his macabre subjects; full name James Sydney Ensor. His work is significant both for symbolism and for the development of 20th-century expressionism

Sydney Irwin Pollack in Pollack, Sydney British & World English

(1934–2008), US director; full name Sydney Irwin Pollack. Notable movies include The Way We Were (1973), Out of Africa (1985), Havana (1990), and The Firm (1993)

Christopher Sydney Cockerell in Cockerell, Sir Christopher British & World English

(1910–99), English engineer, the inventor of the hovercraft; full name Christopher Sydney Cockerell

Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-Kay in Dolin, Sir Anton British & World English

(1904–83), English ballet dancer and choreographer; born Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-Kay. He was the first artistic director of the London Festival Ballet (1950–61), as well as first soloist

Sydney New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capital of New South Wales

William Sydney Porter in Henry New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, O (1862–1910), American short-story writer; pseudonym of William Sydney Porter