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Salt Lake City

a city in and the capital of Utah, in the N part, near the Great Salt Lake.


[yoo-taw, -tah] /ˈyu tɔ, -tɑ/
a state in the W United States. 84,916 sq. mi. (219,930 sq. km).
Capital: Salt Lake City.
Abbreviation: UT (for use with zip code), Ut.
Military. the World War II Allies' code name for the easternmost of the D-Day invasion beaches on France's Normandy coast, assaulted by American troops.
Related forms
Utahan, Utahn
[yoo-tawn, tahn] /ˈyu tɔn, tɑn/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Salt Lake City
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  • When the city was incorporated, in 1851, the name was changed to Salt Lake City.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • When these men were in Salt Lake City he cursed them with the curse of the church.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • In the spring it was sent down to Salt Lake City and buried there.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • He had arrived just two days before me, although he had been at Salt Lake City.

  • Thence to Salt Lake City, where a rigid inspection is needed.

    Across America James F. Rusling
British Dictionary definitions for Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

a city in N central Utah, near the Great Salt Lake at an altitude of 1330 m (4300 ft): state capital; founded in 1847 by the Mormons as world capital of the Mormon Church; University of Utah (1850). Pop: 179 894 (2003 est)


/ˈjuːtɔː; ˈjuːtɑː/
a state of the western US: settled by Mormons in 1847; situated in the Great Basin and the Rockies, with the Great Salt Lake in the northwest; mainly arid and mountainous. Capital: Salt Lake City. Pop: 2 351 467 (2003 est). Area: 212 628 sq km (82 096 sq miles) Abbreviation Ut, (with zip code) UT
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Word Origin and History for Salt Lake City


U.S. teritory organized 1850 (admitted as a state 1896), from Spanish yuta, name of the indigenous Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin (Modern English Ute), perhaps from Western Apache (Athabaskan) yudah "high" (in reference to living in the mountains).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Salt Lake City in Culture

Salt Lake City definition

The capital of Utah and largest city in the state; located near the Great Salt Lake.

Note: Center of the Mormon Church.

Utah definition

State in the western United States bordered by Idaho and Wyoming to the north, Colorado to the east, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. Its capital and largest city is Salt Lake City.

Note: The Great Salt Lake is located in the northwestern part of the state.
Note: Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, founded the state and to a large extent still dominate it.
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