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[man-hat-n, or especially for 1, 2, muh n-] /mænˈhæt n, or especially for 1, 2, mən-/
Also called Manhattan Island. an island in New York City surrounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. 13½ miles (22 km) long; 2½ miles (4 km) greatest width; 22¼ sq. mi. (58 sq. km).
a borough of New York City approximately coextensive with Manhattan Island: chief business district of the city.
a city in NE Kansas, on the Kansas River.
(often lowercase) a cocktail made of whiskey and sweet vermouth, usually with a dash of bitters and a maraschino cherry. Unabridged
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  • You immobilize the elevators—think what that would mean in lower and midtown Manhattan alone.

    Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
  • The figures for Manhattan show a similar trend at each census.

    The Negro at Work in New York City George Edmund Haynes
  • Manhattan Island, upon which the city is built, lies at the mouth of the Hudson between two arms of that river.

  • Her eyes shrank from the piled serried buildings of Manhattan.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • The Dutch came to Manhattan in 1623 and for fifty years held sway over the imperial valley of the Hudson.

    Our Foreigners Samuel P. Orth
British Dictionary definitions for Manhattan


/mænˈhætən; mən-/
an island at the N end of New York Bay, between the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers: administratively (with adjacent islets) a borough of New York City; a major financial, commercial, and cultural centre. Pop: 1 537 195 (2000). Area: 47 sq km (22 sq miles)
a mixed drink consisting of four parts whisky, one part vermouth, and a dash of bitters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Manhattan

main island of New York City, from Dutch, from a native name, perhaps representing a Delaware (Algonquian) source akin to Munsee munahan "island." Bright favors Munsee /e:nta menahahte:nk/ "where one gathers bows." As the name of a cocktail made of vermouth, whiskey, and a dash of bitters, it is attested from 1890 (in Manhattan cocktail).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Manhattan in Culture

Manhattan definition

Island that constitutes one of the five boroughs that make up New York City. (See also Bowery, Broadway, Central Park, Harlem, Park Avenue, Times Square, and World Trade Center.)

Note: Center of the country's financial industry (see Wall Street), communications industry, including advertising and television (see Madison Avenue), and fashion industry (see Fifth Avenue).
Note: A center of the art world (see Greenwich Village).
Note: Because of its noise and congestion, some have viewed it as unlivable, giving rise to the phrase “It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.” In the 1990s, it experienced prosperity and a decline in crime rates.
Note: The destruction of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks left a physical and emotional scar on Manhattan.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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