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Alexandria

[al-ig-zan-dree-uh, -zahn-]
noun
  1. Arabic Al-Iskandarîyah. a seaport in N Egypt, in the Nile delta: founded in 332 b.c. by Alexander the Great; ancient center of learning.
  2. a city in NE Virginia, S of the District of Columbia.
  3. a city in central Louisiana, on the Red River.
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  • And I hear it twice as loud as before, in sight of Alexandria.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • And suppose, too, by some strange trick of fate he should meet you in Alexandria or Cairo?

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Think of the philosophers who deserted the College of Heliopolis for Alexandria!

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Monny's anxious to get on to Cairo, but we shall come back to Alexandria later.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The most important was the Alexandria which is still the chief seaport of Egypt.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne


British Dictionary definitions for alexandria

Alexandria

noun
  1. the chief port of Egypt, on the Nile Delta: cultural centre of ancient times, founded by Alexander the Great (332 bc). Pop: 3 760 000 (2005 est)Arabic name: El Iskandariyah
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alexandria in Culture

Alexandria

Port city of northern Egypt (see also Egypt), located where the Nile River empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

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Founded by and named for Alexander the Great.

Note

One-time capital city of ancient Egypt, a center consecutively of Greek, Jewish, and Christian culture.
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