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[wel-ing-tuh n] /ˈwɛl ɪŋ tən/
1st Duke of (Arthur Wellesley"the Iron Duke") 1769–1852, British general and statesman, born in Ireland: prime minister 1828–30.
a seaport in and the capital of New Zealand, on S North Island.

Wellington boot

or wellington boot

a leather boot with the front part of the top extending above the knee.
a rubber or water-repellent leather boot extending to the knee or somewhat below it.
Also called Wellington, wellington.
Origin of Wellington boot
First recorded in 1810-20; after the 1st Duke of Wellington

New Zealand

[zee-luh nd] /ˈzi lənd/
a country in the S Pacific, SE of Australia, consisting of North Island, South Island, and adjacent small islands: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 103,416 sq. mi. (267,845 sq. km).
Capital: Wellington.
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New Zealander, noun Unabridged
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  • "Let me show him," broke in the melancholy voice of Wellington Bunn.

    The Moving Picture Girls Laura Lee Hope
  • The Duke of Wellington was said to have embraced her when a child.

  • The fight was long and desperate; but the Americans triumphed and defeated Riall and the veterans of Wellington.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • Nanaimo, Wellington, and Commox are the centres of the coal-mining industry.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • "I'll take you to Wellington Barracks," volunteered the Englishman.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
British Dictionary definitions for Wellington


an administrative district, formerly a province, of New Zealand, on SW North Island: major livestock producer in New Zealand. Capital: Wellington. Pop: 456 900 (2004 est). Area: 28 153 sq km (10 870 sq miles)
the capital city of New Zealand. Its port, historically Port Nicholson, on Wellington Harbour has a car and rail ferry link between the North and South Islands; university (1899). Pop: 182 600 (2004 est)


1st Duke of, title of Arthur Wellesley. 1769–1852, British soldier and statesman; prime minister (1828–30). He was given command of the British forces against the French in the Peninsular War (1808–14) and routed Napoleon at Waterloo (1815)

New Zealand

an independent dominion within the Commonwealth, occupying two main islands (the North Island and the South Island), Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, and a number of minor islands in the SE Pacific: original Māori inhabitants ceded sovereignty to the British government in 1840; became a dominion in 1907; a major world exporter of dairy products, wool, and meat. Official languages: English and Māori. Religion: Christian majority, nonreligious and Māori minorities. Currency: New Zealand dollar. Capital: Wellington. Pop: 4 365 113 (2013 est). Area: 270 534 sq km (104 454 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Wellington

boot so called from 1817, for Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), who also in his lifetime had a style of coat, hat, and trousers named for him as well as a variety of apple and pine tree.

New Zealand

from Dutch Nieuw Zeeland, literally "new sea land," but chiefly a reference to the Dutch province of Zeeland. Discovered 1647 by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and originally named Staaten Landt; the name was changed the following year by Dutch authorities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Wellington in Culture

New Zealand definition

Nation in the southern Pacific Ocean containing two principal islands — North Island and South Island — and several small outlying islands. Its capital is Wellington, and its largest city is Auckland.

Note: New Zealand is known for its sheep industry and spectacular scenery.
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