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[ab-er-deen for 1, 2; ab-er-deen for 3–6] /ˌæb ərˈdin for 1, 2; ˈæb ərˌdin for 3–6/
Also called Aberdeenshire
[ab-er-deen-sheer, -sher] /ˌæb ərˈdin ʃɪər, -ʃər/ (Show IPA)
. a historic county in NE Scotland.
a seaport in NE Scotland, on the North Sea: administrative center of the Grampian region.
a city in NE South Dakota.
a seaport in W Washington.
a town in NE Maryland.
a fishhook having an extended bend.
Related forms
[ab-er-doh-nee-uh n] /ˌæb ərˈdoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Aberdeen
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  • "There are some Glasgow and Aberdeen folk who trust me to invest for them," the broker explained.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • William Cadenhead was born at Aberdeen on the 6th April 1819.

  • On the completion of his studies, John Burton was apprenticed to a writer in Aberdeen.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • Now, I presume you might buy the same number in Aberdeen for about quarter the sum.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • This gentleman had been his schoolfellow at the Grammar School in Aberdeen.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • Instead of giving a civil reply, "Oh," he said, "Aberdeen awa'!"

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
British Dictionary definitions for Aberdeen


a city in NE Scotland, on the North Sea: centre for processing North Sea oil and gas; university (1494). Pop: 184 788 (2001)
City of Aberdeen, a council area in NE Scotland, established in 1996. Pop: 206 600 (2003 est). Area: 186 sq km (72 sq miles)


George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of. 1784–1860, British statesman. He was foreign secretary under Wellington (1828) and Peel (1841–46); became prime minister of a coalition ministry in 1852 but was compelled to resign after mismanagement of the Crimean War (1855)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Aberdeen in Culture
Aberdeen [(ab-uhr-deen)]

City in northeastern Scotland, on the North Sea.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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