Edinburgh

[ed-n-bur-uh, -buhr-uh or, esp. British, -bruh]

Scotland

[skot-luh nd]
noun
  1. a division of the United Kingdom in the N part of Great Britain. 30,412 sq. mi. (78,772 sq. km). Capital: Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh

1
noun
  1. the capital of Scotland and seat of the Scottish Parliament (from 1999), in City of Edinburgh council area on the S side of the Firth of Forth: became the capital in the 15th century; castle; three universities (including University of Edinburgh, 1583); commercial and cultural centre, noted for its annual festival. Pop: 430 082 (2001)
  2. City of a council area in central Scotland, created from part of Lothian region in 1996. Pop: 448 370 (2003 est). Area: 262 sq km (101 sq miles)

Edinburgh

2
noun
  1. Duke of, title of Prince Philip Mountbatten. born 1921, husband of Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Scotland

noun
  1. a country that is part of the United Kingdom, occupying the north of Great Britain: the English and Scottish thrones were united under one monarch in 1603 and the parliaments in 1707: a separate Scottish parliament was established in 1999. Scotland consists of the Highlands in the north, the central Lowlands, and hilly uplands in the south; has a deeply indented coastline, about 800 offshore islands (mostly in the west), and many lochs. Capital: Edinburgh. Pop: 5 057 400 (2003 est). Area: 78 768 sq km (30 412 sq miles)Related adjectives: Scots, Caledonian, Scottish
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Word Origin and History for edinburgh

Edinburgh

older than King Edwin of Northumbria (who often is credited as the source of the name); originally Din Eidyn, Celtic, perhaps literally "fort on a slope." Later the first element was trimmed off and Old English burh "fort" added in its place." Dunedin in New Zealand represents an attempt at the original form.

Scotland

named for the Scots, who settled there from Ireland 5c.-6c.; their name is of unknown origin (see Scot). Latin Scotia began to appear 9c. as the name for the region, replacing older Caledonia, also named for the inhabitants at the time, whose name likewise is of unknown origin.

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edinburgh in Culture

Edinburgh

[(ed-n-buh-ruh)]

Capital of Scotland, located in the Lothian region in the southeastern part; Scotland's banking and administrative center.

Note

The University of Edinburgh, which was founded in the sixteenth century, is noted for its faculties of divinity, law, medicine, music, and the arts.

Note

As a cultural center, Edinburgh was especially prominent in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when the philosophers David Hume and Adam Smith, the authors Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, and the scientist James Hutton were active.

Scotland

One of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; contains the northern portion of the island of Great Britain and many surrounding islands. Its capital is Edinburgh, and its largest city is Glasgow.

Note

Bagpipes and kilts are well-known symbols (see also symbol) of Scotland.
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