Bristol

[bris-tl]
noun
  1. a seaport in Avon, in SW England, on the Avon River near its confluence with the Severn estuary.
  2. a city in central Connecticut.
  3. a city in NE Tennessee, contiguous with but politically independent of Bristol, Virginia.
  4. a town in E Rhode Island.
  5. a city in SW Virginia.
  6. a town in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River.
  7. Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, considered as a unit.
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Contemporary Examples of bristol

Historical Examples of bristol

  • Bristol said he dropped finally as though he had been struck on the head.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • You have, sire, as I have heard, many friends at Bristol and in the Midlands.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • She might have been a Bristol schooner, or she might have been a King's fly-boat.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The Duke may be at Bristol, but you had best make for his seat at Badminton.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I must thank you that I did not take a fruitless journey into Bristol.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for bristol

Bristol

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for bristol

Bristol

City in western England, Middle English Bridgestow, from Old English Brycgstow, literally "assembly place by a bridge" (see bridge (n.) + stow). A local peculiarity of pronunciation adds -l to words ending in vowels. Of a type of pottery, 1776; of a type of glass, 1880. In British slang, "breast," 1961, from Bristol cities, rhyming slang for titties.

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