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[bur-ming-uh m for 1; bur-ming-ham for 2, 3] /ˈbɜr mɪŋ əm for 1; ˈbɜr mɪŋˌhæm for 2, 3/
a city in West Midlands, in central England.
a city in central Alabama.
a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have had inflammation in my eyes ever since I returned from Birmingham.

    The Battle of The Press Theophila Carlile Campbell
  • Birmingham is the lower end, and water must flow to the lower level.

  • While replenishing the common stock of Irish stories, Mr Birmingham adjusts our conception of the race.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • It has entranced men like the Senator, and your chief; even men like Birmingham.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Stage coaches had not reached Birmingham, and it took three days to get to London.

    Science and Education Thomas H. Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for Birmingham


an industrial city in central England, in Birmingham unitary authority, in the West Midlands: the second largest city in Great Britain; two cathedrals; three universities (1900, 1966, 1992). Pop: 970 892 (2001) informal Brummie
a unitary authority in central England, in the West Midlands. Pop: 992 100 (2003 est). Area: 283 sq km (109 sq miles)
(ˈbɜːmɪŋˌhæm). an industrial city in N central Alabama: rich local deposits of coal, iron ore, and other minerals. Pop: 236 620 (2003 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Birmingham

industrial city in central England, 1086, Bermingehame, literally "homestead of the place (or people) named for Beorma, some forgotten Anglo-Saxon person, whose name probably is a shortening of Beornmund. The Birmingham in Alabama, U.S., was founded 1871 as an industrial center and named for the English city.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Birmingham in Culture

Birmingham definition

City in central England; England's second-largest city, after London, and an important industrial and transportation center.

Birmingham definition

City in north-central Alabama; largest city in the state.

Note: Birmingham was the site of extreme racial violence during the civil rights movement. Although associated with specific race riots in 1963, Birmingham came to represent, as a whole, southern white resistance to integration. (SeeLetter from Birmingham Jail.”)
Note: Birmingham is known as the “Pittsburgh of the South” for its steel and iron production.
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