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Boston

[ baw-stuhn, bos-tuhn ]
/ ˈbɔ stən, ˈbɒs tən /
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noun

a seaport in and the capital of Massachusetts, in the E part.
(lowercase) a variety of whist, popular in the early 19th century, played by four persons with two packs of cards.
(usually lowercase) a social dance that is a modification of the waltz.

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British Dictionary definitions for Boston (1 of 2)

boston
/ (ˈbɒstən) /

noun

a card game for four, played with two packs
mainly US a slow gliding dance, a variation of the waltz

British Dictionary definitions for Boston (2 of 2)

Boston
/ (ˈbɒstən) /

noun

a port in E Massachusetts, the state capital. Pop: 581 616 (2003 est)
a port in E England, in SE Lincolnshire. Pop: 35 124 (2001)
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Cultural definitions for Boston

Boston

Capital of Massachusetts and largest city in the state.

notes for Boston

Site of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.

notes for Boston

Boston is often called “the Hub” for “Hub of the Universe,” or “Beantown” after Boston baked beans.
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