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[al-bur-tuh] /ælˈbɜr tə/
a province in W Canada. 255,285 sq. mi. (661,190 sq. km).
Capital: Edmonton.
Abbreviation: Alba., Alta.
a female given name, form of Albertine.
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Albertan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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a province of W Canada: mostly prairie, with the Rocky Mountains in the southwest Capital: Edmonton. Pop: 3 201 895 (2004 est). Area: 661 188 sq km (255 285 sq miles) Abbreviation Alta, AB
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Word Origin and History for Alberta

Canadian province, founded in 1882 and named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, wife of the governor general, John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne. She was named for her father, Prince Albert.

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Alberta definition

Province in western Canada, bordered by the Northwest Territories to the north, Saskatchewan to the east, Montana to the south, and British Columbia to the west. Edmonton is its capital and largest city.

Note: Recent exploitation of oil, natural gas, and mineral resources has replaced agriculture as Alberta's primary industry.
Note: Banff, in the Canadian Rockies (see Rocky Mountains), is a popular vacation spot.
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