- former name of Kolkata (but sometimes still used).
- (sometimes lowercase) Also called Calcutta pool. a form of betting pool for a competition or tournament, as golf or auto racing, in which gamblers bid for participating contestants in an auction, the proceeds from which are put into a pool for distribution, according to a prearranged scale of percentages, to those who selected winners.
- a state in E India: formerly part of the province of Bengal. 33,805 sq. mi. (87,555 sq. km). Capital: Calcutta.Compare Bengal(def 1).
Examples from the Web for calcutta
Outnumbered five to one in Britain, Scots made up 60 percent of the merchants in Bengal, Calcutta and Madras.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Two brothers from Calcutta face divergent fates, one tragic and one beholden to that tragedy.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 17, 2013
September 16, 2013
Patients Trapped in Calcutta Hospital A fire broke out in a Calcutta hospital Friday, killing more than 80 people.
In the summer of 2006, an obscure mullah in Calcutta seemed desperate for some media attention.India's Free-Speech Crisis
November 5, 2010
Another is for education travel, to see the Taj Mahal and Calcutta and Delhi.College Can Wait…And Wait
April 30, 2009
Arrived at Calcutta, the question arose: "What shall we do with him?"
He did not again catch sight of Captain Rushton while in Calcutta.
I found him in Calcutta, and I have brought him home with me.
I wouldn't advise you to put on so many airs, just because you've been to Calcutta.
I had little or no money, Calcutta being no place for economy.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- the former official name (still widely used) of Kolkata
- a state of E India, on the Bay of Bengal: formed in 1947 from the Hindu area of Bengal; additional territories added in 1950 (Cooch Behar), 1954 (Chandernagor), and 1956 (part of Bihar); mostly low-lying and crossed by the Hooghly River. Capital: Kolkata (Calcutta). Pop: 80 221 171 (2001). Area: 88 752 sq km (34 260 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for calcutta
city in eastern India, named for Hindu goddess Kali.
Largest city in India, located in the eastern part of the country on the Hooghly River.