[ bur-ming-uhm for 1; bur-ming-ham for 2, 3 ]
/ ˈbɜr mɪŋ əm for 1; ˈbɜr mɪŋˌhæm for 2, 3 /
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a city in West Midlands, in central England.
a city in central Alabama.
a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit.
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British Dictionary definitions for Birmingham

/ (ˈbɜːmɪŋəm) /

an industrial city in central England, in Birmingham unitary authority, in the West Midlands: the second largest city in Great Britain; two cathedrals; three universities (1900, 1966, 1992). Pop: 970 892 (2001)informal Brummie
a unitary authority in central England, in the West Midlands. Pop: 992 100 (2003 est). Area: 283 sq km (109 sq miles)
(ˈbɜːmɪŋˌhæm) an industrial city in N central Alabama: rich local deposits of coal, iron ore, and other minerals. Pop: 236 620 (2003 est)
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Cultural definitions for Birmingham (1 of 2)


City in central England; England's second-largest city, after London, and an important industrial and transportation center.

Cultural definitions for Birmingham (2 of 2)


City in north-central Alabama; largest city in the state.

notes for Birmingham

Birmingham was the site of extreme racial violence during the civil rights movement. Although associated with specific race riots in 1963, Birmingham came to represent, as a whole, southern white resistance to integration. (SeeLetter from Birmingham Jail.”)

notes for Birmingham

Birmingham is known as the “Pittsburgh of the South” for its steel and iron production.
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