[ briz-beyn, -buhn ]

  1. Arthur, 1864–1936, U.S. journalist.

  2. a seaport in and the capital of Queensland, in E Australia.

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British Dictionary definitions for Brisbane


/ (ˈbrɪzbən) /

  1. a port in E Australia, the capital of Queensland: founded in 1824 as a penal settlement; vast agricultural hinterland. Pop: 1 508 161 (2001)

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Cultural definitions for Brisbane


[ (briz-bayn, briz-buhn) ]

Capital of Queensland state and largest city in the state; located in eastern Australia on the Pacific Ocean; the third-largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne.

Notes for Brisbane

The British settled Brisbane in the early eighteenth century as a penal colony.

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