[kan-tuh-brij-ee-uh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Cambridge, England or Cambridge, Mass.
  2. a student at or graduate of Cambridge University or Harvard University.

Origin of Cantabrigian

1610–20; < Medieval Latin Cantabrigi(a) Cambridge + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of cantabrigian

  • Pleasant Taylor making himself merry with the stake was another Cantabrigian.


    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • For the fourth time the New Haven men struggled to the Cantabrigian twenty-yard line.

    Harvard Stories

    Waldron Kintzing Post

  • Those who know the Cantabrigian guerilla respect his power, though they abhor his ways.

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    Waldron Kintzing Post

British Dictionary definitions for cantabrigian


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Cambridge or Cambridge University, or of Cambridge, Massachusetts, or Harvard University
  1. a member or graduate of Cambridge University or Harvard University
  2. an inhabitant or native of Cambridge

Word Origin for Cantabrigian

C17: from Medieval Latin Cantabrigia
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Word Origin and History for cantabrigian



"pertaining to Cambridge," 1540s, from Medieval Latin Cantabrigia (see Cambridge) + -an.

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