[ bris-tl ]

  1. a seaport in Avon, in southwestern England, on the Avon River near its confluence with the Severn estuary.

  2. a city in central Connecticut.

  1. a township in southeastern Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River.

  2. a deepwater seaport in eastern Rhode Island.

  3. a city in northeastern Tennessee, contiguous to but politically independent of Bristol, Virginia.

  4. a city in southwestern Virginia, contiguous to but politically independent of Bristol, Tennessee.

  5. a bi-state region comprising the twin cities of Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia.

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/ (ˈbrɪstəl) /

  1. City of Bristol a port and industrial city in SW England, mainly in Bristol unitary authority, on the River Avon seven miles from its mouth on the Bristol Channel: a major port, trading with America, in the 17th and 18th centuries; the modern port consists chiefly of docks at Avonmouth and Portishead; noted for the Clifton Suspension Bridge (designed by I. K. Brunel, 1834) over the Avon gorge; Bristol university (1909) and University of the West of England (1992). Pop: 420 556 (2001)

  2. City of Bristol a unitary authority in SW England, created in 1996 from part of Avon county. Pop: 391 500 (2003 est). Area: 110 sq km (42 sq miles)

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