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[liv-er-pool] /ˈlɪv ərˌpul/
a seaport in Merseyside, in W England, on the Mersey estuary.
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[liv-er-puhd-lee-uh n] /ˌlɪv ərˈpʌd li ən/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • Such was the penalty for landing two buckets of Liverpool salt at Liverpool!

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We now loaded with naval stores, and cleared again for Liverpool.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • But not all the way to Canada; in fact, not further than Liverpool.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In this agreeable frame of mind I entered the workhouse of Liverpool.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The only thing that bothers me is that to-night we shall be in Liverpool.

British Dictionary definitions for Liverpool


a city in NW England, in Liverpool unitary authority, Merseyside, on the Mersey estuary: second largest seaport in Great Britain; developed chiefly in the 17th century with the industrialization of S Lancashire; Liverpool University (1881) and John Moores University (1992). Pop: 469 017 (2001)
a unitary authority in NW England, in Merseyside. Pop: 441 800 (2003 est). Area: 113 sq km (44 sq miles)


Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool. 1770–1828, British Tory statesman; prime minister (1812–27). His government was noted for its repressive policies until about 1822, when more liberal measures were introduced by such men as Peel and Canning
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Word Origin and History for Liverpool

English city on the River Mersey, Liuerpul (c.1190) "Pool with Muddy Water," from Old English lifer "thick, clotted water" + pol (see pool (n.1)). "The original reference was to a pool or tidal creek now filled up into which two streams drained" [Victor Watts, "Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names," 2004]. The adjective and noun Liverpudlian (with jocular substitution of puddle for pool) is attested from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Liverpool in Culture

Liverpool definition

City in northwestern England; one of the greatest ports and largest cities in Britain, and the country's major outlet for industrial exports.

Note: Liverpool was the home of the Beatles.
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