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Washingtonian

[wosh-ing-toh-nee-uh n, waw-shing-] /ˌwɒʃ ɪŋˈtoʊ ni ən, ˌwɔ ʃɪŋ-/
adjective
1.
living in or coming from Washington, D.C., or the state of Washington.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Washington, D.C., or the state of Washington.
Origin of Washingtonian
1780-1790
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; Washington + -ian
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Examples from the Web for Washingtonian
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  • No Washingtonian has ever been up to the top of the Washington monument.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken
  • According to the Washingtonian custom, one of the new photographs appeared the following Sunday in each of the four newspapers.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Sam, also, was a Washingtonian, having been brought out in the same gang with Rose.

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  • He passed his hand over his face, and crossed his knees, and then put on his Washingtonian air again.

    Within the Capes Howard Pyle
  • He seldom smiled, never joked, and had a Washingtonian reputation for veracity.

British Dictionary definitions for Washingtonian

Washingtonian

/ˌwɒʃɪŋˈtəʊnɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the city or state of Washington or their inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of the city or state of Washington
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