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  1. 2nd Viscount. William Lamb.
  2. a seaport in and the capital of Victoria, in SE Australia.
  3. a city on the E coast of Florida.
Related formsMel·bur·ni·an [mel-bur-nee-uh n] /mɛlˈbɜr ni ən/, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for melburnian


  1. a native or inhabitant of Melbourne
  1. of or relating to Melbourne or its inhabitants


  1. a port in SE Australia, capital of Victoria, on Port Phillip Bay: the second largest city in the country; settled in 1835 and developed rapidly with the discovery of rich goldfields in 1851; three universities. Pop: 3 160 171 (2001)


  1. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount. 1779–1848; Whig prime minister (1834; 1835–41). He was the chief political adviser to the young Queen Victoria
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Word Origin and History for melburnian


city in Australia, named 1837 for William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848) then British Prime Minister; the title is from Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire. The place name is literally "mill stream," Old English Mileburne (1086).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

melburnian in Culture



Second-largest city in Australia, located on the country's southern coast; the capital of Victoria state and the largest city in the state; a financial and commercial center.

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