[ ham-burg; for 1, 2 also German hahm-boork ]
/ ˈhæm bɜrg; for 1, 2 also German ˈhɑm bʊərk /


a state in N Germany. 288 sq. mi. (746 sq. km).
a city in and the capital of this state, on the Elbe River: the largest seaport in continental Europe.
a town in W New York.



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Definition for hamburg (2 of 2)

[ ham-bur-ger ]
/ ˈhæmˌbɜr gər /


a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground or chopped beef, usually in a roll or bun, variously garnished.
ground or chopped beef.
Also called Hamburg steak. a patty of ground or chopped beef, seasoned and fried or broiled.
Also ham·burg [ham-burg] /ˈhæm bɜrg/.
Also called beefburger.

Origin of hamburger

1885–90; short for Hamburger steak; see -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for hamburg (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhæmbɜːɡ) /


a city-state and port in NW Germany, on the River Elbe: the largest port in Germany; a founder member of the Hanseatic League; became a free imperial city in 1510 and a state of the German empire in 1871; university (1919); extensive shipyards. Pop: 1 734 083 (2003 est)

British Dictionary definitions for hamburg (2 of 2)



/ (ˈhæmˌbɜːɡə) /


a flat fried cake of minced beef, often served in a bread rollAlso called: Hamburger steak, beefburger

Word Origin for hamburger

C20: shortened from Hamburger steak (that is, steak in the fashion of Hamburg)
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Cultural definitions for hamburg

[ (ham-burg, hahm-boorg) ]

City in northern Germany on the Elbe River, near where it meets the North Sea.

notes for Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany's most important industrial center. It was one of the most heavily bombed German cities during World War II.
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