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[pri-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /prɪˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/
a city in and the administrative capital of the Republic of South Africa, in the NE part: also the capital of Transvaal.


[trans-vahl, tranz-] /trænsˈvɑl, trænz-/
a province in the NE Republic of South Africa. 110,450 sq. mi. (286,066 sq. km).
Capital: Pretoria.
Related forms
Transvaaler, noun
Transvaalian, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is rumoured that this later despatch has been delivered at Pretoria, but has as yet received no reply.

    The Last Boer War H. Rider Haggard
  • Taking 'em up to Pretoria on the quiet, to sell 'em to Oom Paul's burghers, he was.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Pretoria (whites, 10), capital of the Transvaal, stands on a mountain-enclosed plain 1000 m. NE.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • We suddenly got the order to "saddle up," and forward to Pretoria we went.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • I sent some burghers in advance to see what was happening to the Pretoria Laager.

British Dictionary definitions for Pretoria


a city in N South Africa, the administrative capital of South Africa; formerly capital of Transvaal province: two universities (1873, 1930); large steelworks. Pop: 525 384 (2001) Also called Tshwane


former province of NE South Africa: colonized by the Boers after the Great Trek (1836); became a British colony in 1902; joined South Africa in 1910; replaced in 1994 for administrative purposes by a new system of provinces (Eastern Transvaal (later Mpumalanga), Northern Transvaal (later Limpopo), Gauteng, and North West province). Capital: Pretoria
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Pretoria in Culture
Pretoria [(pri-tawr-ee-uh)]

Administrative capital of South Africa. (See also Cape Town.)

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