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Halifax

[hal-uh-faks]
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noun
  1. Earl ofEdward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1881–1959, British statesman.
  2. a seaport in and the capital of Nova Scotia, in SE Canada.
  3. a city in West Yorkshire, in N central England.
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Nova Scotia

[noh-vuh skoh-shuh]
noun
  1. a peninsula and province in SE Canada: once a part of the French province of Acadia. 21,068 sq. mi. (54,565 sq. km). Capital: Halifax.
  2. Informal. Nova Scotia salmon.
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Related formsNova Scotian, adjective, noun
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  • I think, my father left Halifax some time before the prince.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I felt more, in quitting this ship, than I did in quitting Halifax.

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    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It lies about three miles from the town of Halifax, but not in sight.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He was then sent on the Halifax station, where he gave himself up again.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Even the Frasers were not visited, so strong was my dislike to have anything to do with Halifax.

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    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for halifax

Halifax1

noun
  1. a port in SE Canada, capital of Nova Scotia, on the Atlantic: founded in 1749 as a British stronghold. Pop: 276 221 (2001)
  2. a town in N England, in Calderdale unitary authority, West Yorkshire: textiles. Pop: 83 570 (2001)
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Halifax2

noun
  1. Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax. 1661–1715, British statesman; founder of the National Debt (1692) and the Bank of England (1694)
  2. Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of Halifax. 1881–1959, British Conservative statesman. He was viceroy of India (1926–31), foreign secretary (1938–40), and ambassador to the US (1941–46)
  3. George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax, known as the Trimmer. 1633–95, British politician, noted for his wavering opinions. He opposed the exclusion of the Catholic James II from the throne but later supported the Glorious Revolution
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Nova Scotia

noun
  1. a peninsula in E Canada, between the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Bay of Fundy
  2. a province of E Canada, consisting of the Nova Scotia peninsula and Cape Breton Island: first settled by the French as Acadia. Capital: Halifax. Pop: 936 960 (2004 est). Area: 52 841 sq km (20 402 sq miles)
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Abbreviation: NS
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Word Origin and History for halifax

Halifax

place in West Yorkshire, from Old English halh "secluded spot" + feax "rough grass," literally "hair." In popular expressions coupled with Hull and Hell since at least 1620s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

halifax in Culture

Nova Scotia

Province in eastern Canada, including a peninsula to the east of New Brunswick and Cape Breton Island, as well as several smaller adjacent islands. With New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia makes up the Maritime Provinces. Halifax is its capital and largest city.

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Note

French settlers, who called the area Acadia, were expelled by the British in the 1750s. Many of the exiled Acadians settled in Louisiana and became the ancestors of today's Cajuns.
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