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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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  • And I hear it twice as loud as before, in sight of Alexandria.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Think of the philosophers who deserted the College of Heliopolis for Alexandria!

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Monny's anxious to get on to Cairo, but we shall come back to Alexandria later.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • And suppose, too, by some strange trick of fate he should meet you in Alexandria or Cairo?

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The most important was the Alexandria which is still the chief seaport of Egypt.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
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 in Culture

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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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