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Brisbane

[briz-beyn, -buh n]
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noun
  1. Arthur,1864–1936, U.S. journalist.
  2. a seaport in and the capital of Queensland, in E Australia.

Queensland

[kweenz-land, -luh nd]
noun
  1. a state in NE Australia. 670,500 sq. mi. (1,736,595 sq. km). Capital: Brisbane.
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Examples from the Web for brisbane

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  • The poor woman's diary and the tank are preserved in the Museum at Brisbane.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • On leaving Brisbane we found ourselves once more in the tropics.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • And in Brisbane, where I went to have a last try, they gave me the name of a lunatic.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • You remember I told you about my cabby in Brisbane—don't you?

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Those of Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide are extensively beautiful.

    Recollections

    David Christie Murray


British Dictionary definitions for brisbane

Brisbane

noun
  1. a port in E Australia, the capital of Queensland: founded in 1824 as a penal settlement; vast agricultural hinterland. Pop: 1 508 161 (2001)

Queensland

noun
  1. a state of NE Australia: fringed on the Pacific side by the Great Barrier Reef; the Great Dividing Range lies in the east, separating the coastal lowlands from the dry Great Artesian Basin in the south. Capital: Brisbane. Pop: 3 840 111 (2003 est). Area: 1 727 500 sq km (667 000 sq miles)
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

Word Origin and History for brisbane

Queensland

Australian state, founded 1859 and named for Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

brisbane in Culture

Brisbane

[(briz-bayn, briz-buhn)]

Capital of Queensland state and largest city in the state; located in eastern Australia on the Pacific Ocean; the third-largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne.

Note

The British settled Brisbane in the early eighteenth century as a penal colony.
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