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[hahr-luh m] /ˈhɑr ləm/
a section of New York City, in the NE part of Manhattan.
a tidal river in New York City, between the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, which, with Spuyten Duyvil Creek, connects the Hudson and East rivers. 8 miles (13 km) long. Unabridged
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  • To-night, with the sun falling sadly over the iron mills, I walked along the Heights and cast an eye down into brilliant Harlem.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • He did not attack Washington who lay in strength at the Harlem.

  • The campaign as seen from the board of war and from the Plains of Harlem differed widely.

    George Washington, Vol. I Henry Cabot Lodge
  • On our arrival at the hotel, we found the hackman there who had driven us out to Harlem.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • "The Harlem of Paris," Persis sneered, then grew more amiable.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for Harlem


a district of New York City, in NE Manhattan: now largely a Black ghetto
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Harlem

Manhattan district, used figuratively for "African-American culture" from 1934. The N.Y. community was founded 1658 and originally named Nieuw Haarlem for Haarlem in Netherlands, which probably is from Dutch haar "height" + lem "silt," in reference to its position on a slight elevation on the banks of the Spaarne River.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Harlem in Culture

Harlem definition

Neighborhood of Manhattan.

Note: Mostly populated by African-Americans, Harlem has long been a center of black culture.
Note: During the 1920s, Harlem was the site of a great upsurge in black literature, music, and theater known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Note: The area now contains a large Puerto Rican population and, after a period of economic decay, has experienced a revitalization.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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