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Toronto

[tuh-ron-toh]
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noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Ontario, in SE Canada, on Lake Ontario.
Related formsTo·ron·to·ni·an [tawr-uh n-toh-nee-uh n, tor-, tuh-ron-] /ˌtɔr ənˈtoʊ ni ən, ˌtɒr-, tə rɒn-/, adjective, noun

Ontario

[on-tair-ee-oh]
noun
  1. a province in S Canada, bordering on the Great Lakes. 412,582 sq. mi. (1,068,585 sq. km). Capital: Toronto.
  2. Lake, a lake between the NE United States and S Canada, between New York and Ontario province: the smallest of the Great Lakes. 193 miles (310 km) long; 7540 sq. mi. (19,530 sq. km).
  3. a city in SW California, E of Los Angeles.
Related formsOn·tar·i·an, On·tar·ic [on-tar-ik] /ɒnˈtær ɪk/, adjective, noun
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Toronto

noun
  1. a city in S central Canada, capital of Ontario, on Lake Ontario: the major industrial centre of Canada; two universities. Pop: 2 481 494 (2001)

Ontario

noun
  1. a province of central Canada: lies mostly on the Canadian Shield and contains the fertile plain of the lower Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River, one of the world's leading industrial areas; the second largest and the most populous province. Capital: Toronto. Pop: 12 392 721 (2004 est). Area: 891 198 sq km (344 092 sq miles)Abbreviation: Ont., ON
  2. Lake Ontario a lake between the US and Canada, bordering on New York State and Ontario province: the smallest of the Great Lakes; linked with Lake Erie by the Niagara River and Welland Canal; drained by the St Lawrence. Area: 19 684 sq km (7600 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for toronto

Toronto

city in Ontario, Canada, founded 1793 as York, renamed 1834 for a native village that appears on a 1656 map as Tarantou. from an Iroquoian source, original form and sense unknown; perhaps taron-to-hen "wood in the water," or Huron deondo "meeting place."

Ontario

from Mohawk (Iroquoian) ontari:io "beautiful lake" or "great lake," from /-qtar-/ "lake, river." Related: Ontarian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

toronto in Culture

Toronto

Capital of Ontario, Canada, and the largest city in the province, in southern Ontario on Lake Ontario; the largest city in Canada; a commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural center of Canada.

Ontario

Province in central Canada, bordered by Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north; Quebec to the east; the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Minnesota to the south; and Manitoba to the west. Its capital and largest city is Toronto.

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The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is in southern Ontario.

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Ottawa, Canada's capital, is in southeastern Ontario.

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Ontario is the most heavily industrialized, populous, and prosperous province in Canada.
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