a city in Cambridgeshire, in E England: famous university founded in 12th century.
a city in E Massachusetts, near Boston.
a city in SE Ontario, in S Canada.
a city in E Ohio.

Related formspre-Cam·bridge, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of cambridge

  • And of course I was proud when he got his double blue at Cambridge.

  • We did not meet at the university; he went to Oxford, and I to Cambridge.

  • You and I are to go to Cambridge Terrace about four o'clock to see my uncle.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and studied law.

  • Yet there were some things she could remember on the other side, dating also from Corry's Cambridge years.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

British Dictionary definitions for cambridge



a city in E England, administrative centre of Cambridgeshire, on the River Cam: centred around the university, founded in the 12th century: electronics, biotechnology. Pop: 117 717 (2001)Medieval Latin name: Cantabrigia
short for Cambridgeshire
a city in the US, in E Massachusetts: educational centre, with Harvard University (1636) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pop: 101 587 (2003 est)
Related formsRelated adjective: Cantabrigian
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Word Origin and History for cambridge


Old English Grontabricc (c.745) "Bridge on the River Granta" (a Celtic river name, of obscure origin). The change to Cante- and later Cam- was due to Norman influence. The river name Cam is a back-formation in this case, but Cam also was a legitimate Celtic river name, meaning "crooked."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cambridge in Culture


City in Massachusetts, near Boston.


Location of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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