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Bombay

[bom-bey]
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noun
  1. Mumbai.
  2. a former state in W India: divided in 1960 into the Gujarat and Maharashtra states.
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  • He had added two more names to his collection since he came to Bombay.

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  • She had not had a real night's sleep since she reached Bombay.

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  • Fay's was not, and neither letter bore any address in Bombay.

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  • Every one in business or official circles in Bombay knew about Hugo Tancred.

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  • Jan had spent six weeks in Bombay, and the whole thing seemed a dream.

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British Dictionary definitions for bombay

Bombay

noun
  1. the former English name of Mumbai
  2. a breed of black short-haired medium-sized cat
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Word Origin and History for bombay

Bombay

city in western India, from Portuguese, and popularly explained as Portuguese bom bahia "good bay," but that seems folk etymology (for one, the adjective is masculine and the noun is feminine), and the more likely candidate is the local Mumbadevi "Goddess Mumba," a Hindu deity worshipped there. The city's name officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.

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bombay in Culture

Bombay

City in western India just off the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is now officially called Mumbai.

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India's second-largest city, after Calcutta, Bombay is the only natural deep-water harbor in western India.
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