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New Orleans

[awr-lee-uh nz, awr-leenz, awr-luh nz] /ˈɔr li ənz, ɔrˈlinz, ˈɔr lənz/
a seaport in SE Louisiana, on the Mississippi: British defeated (1815) by Americans under Andrew Jackson.
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New Orleanian
[awr-lee-nee-uh n, -leen-yuh n] /ɔrˈli ni ən, -ˈlin yən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There's a doll I brought her from New Orleans once when she was about your size.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • It should be like a jelly, and is a favourite New Orleans dish.

  • "Maybe some of our men at New Orleans have laid us open to such a stab," he said.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • We gave three performances there, and set off once more for New Orleans.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Harry and Cécile--yes, they still shine, in "dear old New Orleans."

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for New Orleans

New Orleans

/ˈɔːliːənz; -lənz; ɔːˈliːnz/
a port in SE Louisiana, on the Mississippi River, about 172 km (107 miles) from the sea: the largest city in the state and the second most important port in the US; founded by the French in 1718; belonged to Spain (1763–1803). It is largely below sea level, built around the Vieux Carré (French quarter); famous for its annual Mardi Gras festival and for its part in the history of jazz; a major commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. Pop: 469 032 (2003 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for New Orleans

founded 1718 as Nouvelle Orléans, in honor of French regent Philippe, duc d’Orléans (1674-1723); anglicized after purchase by the U.S. in 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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New Orleans in Culture
New Orleans [(awr-lee-uhnz, awr-luhnz, awr-leenz)]

Port city in southeastern Louisiana.

Note: Dominated by Creole culture, which stemmed from the French settlers of the southern United States.
Note: Jazz originated in the late nineteenth century among black musicians of New Orleans.
Note: Mardi Gras is celebrated there each year.
Note: In the Battle of New Orleans (1815), Andrew Jackson, not having yet received word that the Treaty of Ghent had ended the War of 1812, repulsed the British assault on the city.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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