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[joh-han-is-burg, -hah-nis-; Dutch yoh-hahn-uh s-bœrkh] /dʒoʊˈhæn ɪsˌbɜrg, -ˈhɑ nɪs-; Dutch yoʊˈhɑn əsˌbœrx/
a city in S Transvaal, in the NE Republic of South Africa. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That the import duties on necessaries of life were too high, and that the cost of living in Johannesburg for workmen was too high.

    A Century of Wrong F. W. Reitz
  • Johannesburg was to be attacked if it did not surrender by ten o'clock.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • The mail left that morning, and would reach Johannesburg in three days.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • The officer had put him under arrest for misbehaviour in Johannesburg.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • But in spite of all local production, Johannesburg was not fully supplied.

    The African Colony John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for Johannesburg


a city in N South Africa; the capital of Gauteng province: South Africa's largest city and chief industrial centre; grew with the establishment in 1886 of the gold-mining industry; University of Witwatersrand (1922). Pop: 1 009 036 (2001)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Johannesburg in Culture
Johannesburg [(joh-han-uhs-burg, joh-hah-nuhs-burg)]

Largest city in South Africa, located in the northeastern part of the country.

Note: It is the commercial center for South Africa's diamond and gold industries.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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