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[van-koo-ver] /vænˈku vər/
George, 1758–98, English explorer.
a large island in SW Canada, off the SW coast of British Columbia. 12,408 sq. mi. (32,135 sq. km).
a seaport in SW British Columbia, on the Strait of Georgia opposite SE Vancouver island.
a city in SW Washington.
Mount, a mountain on the boundary between Alaska and Canada, in the St. Elias Mountains. 15,700 feet (4785 meters). Unabridged
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  • It was in this vicinity that Vancouver first encountered "split-lipped" ladies.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • Of those on the coast to the north and on Vancouver Island not much is known.

  • Wouldnt anything I could say in praise of Vancouver be trifle superfluous?

    The Protector Harold Bindloss
  • They had been recruited in Vancouver, and included a few runaway sailormen.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • But the vessel reached Vancouver the next day after Wyeth's own arrival, too late for any effective fishing that year.

British Dictionary definitions for Vancouver


Vancouver Island, an island of SW Canada, off the SW coast of British Columbia: separated from the Canadian mainland by the Strait of Georgia and Queen Charlotte Sound, and from the US mainland by Juan de Fuca Strait; the largest island off the W coast of North America. Chief town: Victoria. Pop: 706 243 (2001). Area: 32 137 sq km (12 408 sq miles)
a city in SW Canada, in SW British Columbia: Canada's chief Pacific port, named after Captain George Vancouver: university (1908). Pop: 545 671 (2001)
Mount Vancouver, a mountain on the border between Canada and Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4785 m (15 700 ft)


Captain George. 1757–98, English navigator, noted for his exploration of the Pacific coast of North America (1792–94)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Vancouver

Canadian city, settled 1865, named for the island, which was named for English navigator George Vancouver (1757-1798) who sailed with Capt. Cook and surveyed the Pacific coast in this area in 1792.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Vancouver in Culture

Vancouver definition

City in southwestern British Columbia, Canada, on an arm of the Pacific Ocean.

Note: Vancouver is a year-round tourist center.
Note: The city was named for George Vancouver, an English navigator and explorer.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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