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[al-ig-zan-dree-uh, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dri ə, -ˈzɑn-/
Arabic Al-Iskandarîyah. a seaport in N Egypt, in the Nile delta: founded in 332 b.c. by Alexander the Great; ancient center of learning.
a city in NE Virginia, S of the District of Columbia.
a city in central Louisiana, on the Red River. Unabridged
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  • Officers troubled by their teeth are taken to a dentist in Alexandria.

  • When he reached Alexandria he rode up to his old master's door.

  • The unique wedding of his father and mother had been reported by the Times and Alexandria Advertiser almost a century earlier .

    Seaport in Virginia Gay Montague Moore
  • Arrived at Alexandria at 7; ran into the Museum till breakfast.

  • What should he have cared for the column which we beheld on our arrival in Alexandria had it not been Pompey's pillar?

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
British Dictionary definitions for Alexandria


/ˌælɪɡˈzændrɪə; -ˈzɑːn-/
the chief port of Egypt, on the Nile Delta: cultural centre of ancient times, founded by Alexander the Great (332 bc). Pop: 3 760 000 (2005 est) Arabic name El Iskandariyah
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Alexandria definition

Port city of northern Egypt, located where the Nile River empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

Note: Founded by and named for Alexander the Great.
Note: One-time capital city of ancient Egypt, a center consecutively of Greek, Jewish, and Christian culture.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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