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Birmingham

[bur-ming-uh m for 1; bur-ming-ham for 2, 3]
noun
  1. a city in West Midlands, in central England.
  2. a city in central Alabama.
  3. a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit.
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British Dictionary definitions for birmingham

Birmingham

noun
  1. 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
  2. a unitary authority in central England, in the West Midlands. Pop: 992 100 (2003 est). Area: 283 sq km (109 sq miles)
  3. (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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Word Origin and History for birmingham

Birmingham

industrial city in central England, 1086, Bermingehame, literally "homestead of the place (or people) named for Beorma, some forgotten Anglo-Saxon person, whose name probably is a shortening of Beornmund. The Birmingham in Alabama, U.S., was founded 1871 as an industrial center and named for the English city.

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birmingham in Culture

Birmingham

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

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Birmingham

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

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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.”)

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