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[kim-ber-lee] /ˈkɪm bər li/
a city in E Cape of Good Hope province, in the central Republic of South Africa: diamond mines.
Also, Kimberly. a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This policy, however, has incidentally reduced the population of Kimberley.

  • The vast wealth which he won in Kimberley is fulfilling a noble purpose.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • A town was built round it, which has grown into the modern Kimberley.

  • The principal "pipes" are at Kimberley (28,718), in Griqualand.

  • All the Kimberley mines are now consolidated under one company.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for Kimberley


a city in central South Africa; the capital of Northern Cape province: besieged (1899–1900) for 126 days during the Boer War; diamond-mining and -marketing centre, with heavy engineering works. Pop: 62 526 (2001)
Also called the Kimberleys. a plateau region of NW Australia, in N Western Australia: consists of rugged mountains surrounded by grassland. Area: about 360 000 sq km (140 000 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Kimberley

South African city, founded 1871; also region in northwest Australia; both named for John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, who was British secretary of state for the colonies; the earldom is from a place in Norfolk, England (the name alsi is found in Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire). The second element is Old English leah "meadow, clearing in a woodland" (see lea), the first reflect various Old English personal names; the one in Norfolk appears first as Chineburlai (1086) and seems to be "clearing of a woman called Cyneburg."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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