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Adelaide

[ad-l-eyd]
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noun
  1. a city in and the capital of South Australia, in Australia.
  2. a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “nobility.”
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South Australia

noun
  1. a state in S Australia. 380,070 sq. mi. (984,380 sq. km). Capital: Adelaide.
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Related formsSouth Australian, adjective, noun
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Adelaide

noun
  1. the capital of South Australia: Port Adelaide, 11 km (7 miles) away on St Vincent Gulf, handles the bulk of exports. Pop: 1 002 127 (2001)
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South Australia

noun
  1. a state of S central Australia, on the Great Australian Bight: generally arid, with the Great Victoria Desert in the west central part, the Lake Eyre basin in the northeast, and the Flinders Ranges, Murray River basin, and salt lakes in the southeast. Capital: Adelaide. Pop: 1 531 375 (2003 est). Area: 984 395 sq km 380 070 (sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for adelaide

Adelaide

fem. proper name, from French Adélaide, from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German Adalhaid, from adal "noble family" (see atheling) + heit "state, rank," related to Old English -had "person, degree, state, nature" (see -hood). The first element affixed to French fem. ending -ine gave Adeline.

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