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Jamestown

[ jeymz-toun ]
/ ˈdʒeɪmzˌtaʊn /
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noun

a village in E Virginia: first permanent English settlement in North America 1607; restored 1957.
a city in SW New York.
a city in central North Dakota.
a seaport in and the capital of St. Helena, in the S Atlantic Ocean.

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British Dictionary definitions for Jamestown

Jamestown
/ (ˈdʒeɪmzˌtaʊn) /

noun

a ruined village in E Virginia, on Jamestown Island (a peninsula in the James River): the first permanent settlement by the English in America (1607); capital of Virginia (1607–98); abandoned in 1699
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Cultural definitions for Jamestown

Jamestown

The first permanent English settlement in North America, founded in 1607 in Virginia. Jamestown was named for King James I of England. It was destroyed later in the seventeenth century in an uprising of Virginians against the governor.

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