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San Francisco

[san fruh n-sis-koh, fran-] /ˌsæn frənˈsɪs koʊ, fræn-/
a seaport in W California, on San Francisco Bay: earthquake and fire 1906; United Nations Conference 1945.
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San Franciscan, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Doane gone to San Francisco on business of the firm," it said.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • By-and-bye, in due course, we were approaching San Francisco.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • That was a small miracle -- there are hardly any cabs when you need them in San Francisco.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • A political capital was made out of the situation in San Francisco.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • Anybody who has lived in San Francisco has heard them by scores.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for San Francisco

San Francisco

/ˌsæn frænˈsɪskəʊ/
a port in W California, situated around the Golden Gate: developed rapidly during the California gold rush; a major commercial centre and one of the world's finest harbours. Pop: 751 682 (2003 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for San Francisco

city in California, U.S., named in Spanish for St. Francis of Assisi; the name first recorded in reference to this region 1590s, reinforced by long association of the area with the Franciscan order.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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San Francisco in Culture

San Francisco definition

A city in northern California.

Note: Site of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Note: A major West Coast intellectual center.
Note: Also, a center of gay culture.
Note: Known for its history of major earthquakes.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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