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[kuh-luhm-buh s] /kəˈlʌm bəs/
Christopher (Sp. Cristóbal Colón; It. Cristoforo Colombo) 1446?–1506, Italian navigator in Spanish service: traditionally considered the discoverer of America 1492.
a city in and the capital of Ohio, in the central part.
a city in W Georgia.
a city in central Indiana.
a city in E Mississippi.
a city in E Nebraska. Unabridged
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  • My dear, there was never an American here since christopher columbus slept here when he was a boy.

  • I told him he needn't be christopher columbus to have discovered that.

  • Four hundred and twenty-six years ago christopher columbus landed on an island which he thought was India.

    Think Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • christopher columbus discovered us, Christopher Newport colonized us.

    The Birth of the Nation Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
  • This is the celebrated eclipse which is said to have so well served the purposes of christopher columbus.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
British Dictionary definitions for christopher columbus


a city in central Ohio: the state capital. Pop: 728 432 (2003 est)
a city in W Georgia, on the Chattahoochee River. Pop: 185 702 (2003 est)


Christopher. Spanish name Cristóbal Colón, Italian name Cristoforo Colombo. 1451–1506, Italian navigator and explorer in the service of Spain, who discovered the New World (1492)
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Word Origin and History for christopher columbus


his name is Latinized from his native Italian Cristoforo Colombo, in Spanish Christobal Colon.

America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else, and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. [S.E. Morison, "The Oxford History of the United States," 1965]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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christopher columbus in Culture

Columbus definition

Capital of Ohio.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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