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Baton Rouge

[bat-n roozh] /ˈbæt n ˈruʒ/
the capital of Louisiana, in the SE part: a river port on the Mississippi.


[loo-ee-zee-an-uh, loo-uh-zee-, loo-ee-] /luˌi ziˈæn ə, ˌlu ə zi-, ˌlu i-/
a state in the S United States. 48,522 sq. mi. (125,672 sq. km).
Capital: Baton Rouge.
Abbreviation: LA (for use with zip code), La.
Related forms
Louisianan, Louisianian, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Oh, I'll have to send you to the provost-martial at Baton Rouge and let you settle that with him.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • He had telegraphed to Baton Rouge for the police to search the steamer on her arrival.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Farragut himself reached Baton Rouge shortly after this happened.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • At the family home in Baton Rouge, only women and children remained.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
  • Butler has ordered them to burn Baton Rouge if forced to evacuate it.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

/ˈbætən ˈruːʒ/
the capital of Louisiana, in the SE part on the Mississippi River. Pop: 225 090 (2003 est)


a state of the southern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: originally a French colony; bought by the US in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase; chiefly low-lying. Capital: Baton Rouge. Pop: 4 496 334 (2003 est). Area: 116 368 sq km (44 930 sq miles) Abbreviation La, (with zip code) LA
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Baton Rouge

city in Louisiana, U.S., a French translation of Choctaw itti homma "red pole," perhaps in reference to a painted boundary marker.


named 1682 by French explorer la Salle for Louis XIV of France. The name originally applied to the entire Mississippi basin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Baton Rouge in Culture

Louisiana definition

State in the southeastern United States bordered by Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Texas to the west. Its capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans.

Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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