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[plim-uh th]
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  1. a seaport in SW Devonshire, in SW England, on the English Channel: naval base; the departing point of the Mayflower 1620.
  2. a city in SE Massachusetts: the oldest town in New England, founded by the Pilgrims 1620.
  3. a town in SE Minnesota.
  4. a town in NW Connecticut.
  5. a town in and the capital of Montserrat, West Indies.


[mont-suh-rat; for 2 also Spanish mawn-ser-raht]
  1. an island in the Leeward Islands, in the SE West Indies: a British crown colony. 39½ sq. mi. (102 sq. km). Capital: Plymouth.
  2. a mountain in NE Spain, NW of Barcelona: the site of Montserrat Monastery. 4058 feet (1237 meters).
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  • Hardy was not able to remain in Plymouth longer than Wednesday.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Another summer should bring Concord, surely, and perhaps Plymouth too.

  • The second expedition left Plymouth with five vessels in 1583.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • These commissioners were now in conference with the Plymouth court.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • He at once repaired to Plymouth, and communicated his discovery to the governor.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for plymouth


  1. a port in SW England, in Plymouth unitary authority, SW Devon, on Plymouth Sound (an inlet of the English Channel): Britain's chief port in Elizabethan times; the last port visited by the Pilgrim Fathers in the Mayflower before sailing to America; naval base; university (1992). Pop: 243 795 (2001)
  2. a unitary authority in SW England, in Devon. Pop: 241 500 (2003 est). Area: 76 sq km (30 sq miles)
  3. a city in SE Massachusetts, on Plymouth Bay: the first permanent European settlement in New England; founded by the Pilgrim Fathers. Pop: 54 109 (2003 est)
  4. the former capital of Montserrat, in the Caribbean; largely destroyed by volcanic eruption in 1997


  1. (ˌmɒntsəˈræt) a volcanic island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands: a UK Overseas Territory: much of the island rendered uninhabitable by volcanic eruptions in 1997. Capital: Brades (replacing Plymouth, effectively destroyed by the eruption). Pop: 5189 (2013 est). Area: 103 sq km (40 sq miles)
  2. (Spanish mɔnsɛˈrrat) a mountain in NE Spain, northwest of Barcelona: famous Benedictine monastery. Height: 1235 m (4054 ft)Ancient name: Mons Serratus (mɒnz səˈrætəs)
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Word Origin and History for plymouth


city in Devon, England, named for its location at the mouth of the Plym River; the river is in turn named for Plympton, literally "plum-tree farm." Earlier Plymouth was Sutton Prior. The town in Massachusetts, U.S., was named 1620 by immigrants on the "Mayflower," which had sailed from Plymouth, England, and landed at what became known as Plymouth Rock.

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