[ fawl-kurk ]

  1. an administrative district in the Central region, in S central Scotland. 110 sq. mi. (285 sq. km).

  2. a city in this district, W of Edinburgh: Scots under Wallace defeated by the English in 1298.

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How to use Falkirk in a sentence

  • When about eleven he accompanied his elder brother, Alexander, to Mr. Paton's school at Falkirk.

    Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
  • Dupplin, Falkirk, Halidon Hill and many another field proved the error.

    Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
  • The fight, whose date is stated as 542, was almost certainly waged at Camelon on the river Carron, near Falkirk.

    The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
  • Edward I. won a great victory at Falkirk, but he never was able to subdue Scotland.

    Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • Dr. Falkirk paid you over fifty dollars to-day, and you have got the money to pay the bill, which has been standing two years.

    In The Saddle | Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for Falkirk


/ (ˈfɔːlkɜːk) /

  1. a town in Scotland, the administrative centre of Falkirk council area: scene of Edward I's defeat of Wallace (1298) and Prince Charles Edward's defeat of General Hawley (1746); formerly a major iron and steel centre; the Falkirk Wheel, an innovative rotating canal boat lift, is nearby. Pop: 32 379 (2001)

  2. a council area in central Scotland, on the Firth of Forth: created in 1996 from part of Central Region: largely agricultural, with heavy industry in Falkirk and Grangemouth. Administrative centre: Falkirk. Pop: 145 920 (2003 est). Area: 299 sq km (115 sq miles)

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