[ aw-stuh n ]
/ ˈɔ stən /


Definition for austin (2 of 3)

[ aw-guh-steen, aw-guhs-tin, uh-guhs- ]
/ ˈɔ gəˌstin, ɔˈgʌs tɪn, əˈgʌs- /


Saint,a.d. 354–430, one of the Latin fathers in the early Christian Church; author; bishop of Hippo in N Africa.
Saint,Austin, died a.d. 604, Roman monk: headed group of missionaries who landed in England a.d. 597 and began the conversion of the English to Christianity; first archbishop of Canterbury 601–604.
a male given name, form of Augustus.


pre-Au·gus·tine, adjective

Definition for austin (3 of 3)

[ tek-suh s ]
/ ˈtɛk səs /


a state in the S United States. 267,339 sq. mi. (692,410 sq. km). Capital: Austin. Abbreviation: Tex., TX (for use with zip code).


Tex·an, Tex·i·an [tek-see-uh n] /ˈtɛk si ən/, adjective, noun


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British Dictionary definitions for austin (1 of 5)

/ (ˈɒstɪn) /


a city in central Texas, on the Colorado River: state capital since 1845. Pop: 672 011 (2003 est)

British Dictionary definitions for austin (2 of 5)

/ (ˈɒstɪn, ˈɔː-) /


Herbert, 1st Baron. 1866–1941, British automobile engineer, who founded the Austin Motor Company
John. 1790–1859, British jurist, whose book The Province of Jurisprudence Determined (1832) greatly influenced legal theory and the English legal system
J (ohn) L (angshaw) (ˈlæŋʃɔː). 1911–60, English philosopher, whose lectures Sense and Sensibilia and How to do Things with Words were published posthumously in 1962

British Dictionary definitions for austin (3 of 5)

/ (ˈɒstɪn) /

adjective, noun

another word for Augustinian

Word Origin for Austin

C14: shortened form of Augustine

British Dictionary definitions for austin (4 of 5)

/ (ɔːˈɡʌstɪn) /


Saint. 354–430 ad, one of the Fathers of the Christian Church; bishop of Hippo in North Africa (396–430), who profoundly influenced both Catholic and Protestant theology. His most famous works are Confessions, a spiritual autobiography, and De Civitate Dei, a vindication of the Christian Church. Feast day: Aug 28
Saint. died 604 ad, Roman monk, sent to Britain (597 ad) to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity and to establish the authority of the Roman See over the native Celtic Church; became the first archbishop of Canterbury (601–604). Feast day: May 26 or 27
a member of an Augustinian order

British Dictionary definitions for austin (5 of 5)

/ (ˈtɛksəs) /


a state of the southwestern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: the second largest state; part of Mexico from 1821 to 1836, when it was declared an independent republic; joined the US in 1845; consists chiefly of a plain, with a wide flat coastal belt rising up to the semiarid Sacramento and Davis Mountains of the southwest; a major producer of cotton, rice, and livestock; the chief US producer of oil and gas; a leading world supplier of sulphur. Capital: Austin. Pop: 22 118 509 (2003 est). Area: 678 927 sq km (262 134 sq miles)Abbreviation: Tex, (with zip code) TX
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Cultural definitions for austin (1 of 3)


Capital of Texas.

notes for Austin

Location of the University of Texas.

Cultural definitions for austin (2 of 3)

[ (aw-guh-steen, aw-gus-tin) ]

An important teacher in the Christian church, who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. After a dramatic conversion to Christianity, Augustine became a bishop. He is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. His works include The City of God and his autobiography, Confessions.

Cultural definitions for austin (3 of 3)


State in the southwestern United States bordered by Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas and Louisiana to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico to the south, and New Mexico to the west. Its capital is Austin, and its largest city is Houston.

notes for Texas

One of the border states with Mexico; Mexican aliens often cross the border into Texas.

notes for Texas

One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.

notes for Texas

Long the largest state, it became second largest with the admission of Alaska as the forty-ninth state in 1959.
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