Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[bawl-tuh-mawr, -mohr] /ˈbɔl təˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr/
a black nymphalid butterfly, Melitaea phaeton, characterized by orange-red, yellow, and white markings, common in those areas of the northeastern U.S. where turtlehead, the food plant of its larvae, is found.
Origin of Baltimore1
See origin at Baltimore oriole


[bawl-tuh-mawr, -mohr] /ˈbɔl təˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr/
David, born 1938, U.S. microbiologist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1975.
a seaport in N Maryland, on an estuary near the Chesapeake Bay. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Baltimore
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • This news stimulated the directors of the Baltimore and Ohio to try the locomotive.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • There is no authoritative account of the construction of the Baltimore monument.

  • See the great ball which they roll from Baltimore to Bunker hill!

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Everybody in Baltimore knows of them," declared Jim with full civic pride.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • I have both rhyme and reason for remembering my young friends of Baltimore.

    The Emigrant Frederick William Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for Baltimore


a port in N Maryland, on Chesapeake Bay. Pop: Pop: 628 670 (2003 est)


David. born 1938, US molecular biologist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1975) for his discovery of reverse transcriptase
Lord. See Calvert (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Baltimore

city in Maryland, U.S., founded 1729, named for Cecilius Calvert (1605-1675), 2nd baron Baltimore, who held the charter for Maryland colony; from a small port town in southern Ireland where the family had its seat, from Irish Baile na Tighe Mor, literally "townland of the big house." In old baseball slang, a Baltimore chop was a hit right in front of the plate that bounced high.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Baltimore in Medicine

Baltimore Bal·ti·more (bôl'tə-môr'), David. Born 1938.

American microbiologist. He shared a 1975 Nobel Prize for research on the interaction of tumor viruses and genetic material.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Baltimore in Science
American microbiologist who discovered the enzyme reverse transcriptase, which is capable of passing information from RNA to DNA. Prior to this discovery, it was assumed that information could flow only from DNA to RNA. He won a 1975 Nobel Prize for his research into the connection between viruses and cancer.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Baltimore in Culture

Baltimore definition

Largest city in Maryland.

Note: Named after Lord Baltimore, founder of the colony of Maryland. The city is a major industrial center and port.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for baltimore

Difficulty index for Baltimore

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Baltimore

Scrabble Words With Friends