[kuhm-ber-luh nd]


a former county in NW England, now part of Cumbria.
a town in N Rhode Island.
a city in NW Maryland, on the Potomac River.
a river flowing W from SE Kentucky through N Tennessee into the Ohio River. 687 miles (1106 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of cumberland

  • But a small portion of the Cumberland lies above a plane of 2,000 feet.

  • I lost myself once in the Cumberland hills, and hardly got off with my life.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The scenes are laid along the waters of the Cumberland, the lair of moonshiner and feudsman.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • They hailed him, and directed him to drive to Cumberland Hotel, Fitzroy.

  • The dinners and the receptions at Cumberland Place are her dinners and receptions.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for cumberland




(until 1974) a county of NW England, now part of Cumbria




Richard. 1631–1718, English theologian and moral philosopher; bishop of Peterborough (1691–1718)
William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, known as Butcher Cumberland. 1721–65, English soldier, younger son of George II, noted for his defeat of Charles Edward Stuart at Culloden (1746) and his subsequent ruthless destruction of Jacobite rebels
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Word Origin and History for cumberland


Old English Cumbra land (945) "region of the Cymry" (see Cymric).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper