[ vik-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-; for 3 also Spanish beek-taw-ryah ]
/ vɪkˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-; for 3 also Spanish bikˈtɔ ryɑ /

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for lake victoria (1 of 4)

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a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with a folding hood, two passenger seats, and a seat in front for the driver
Also called: victoria plum British a large sweet variety of plum, red and yellow in colour
any South American giant water lily of the genus Victoria, having very large floating leaves and large white, red, or pink fragrant flowers: family Nymphaeaceae

Word Origin for victoria

C19: all named after Queen Victoria

British Dictionary definitions for lake victoria (2 of 4)

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a state of SE Australia: part of New South Wales colony until 1851; semiarid in the northwest, with the Great Dividing Range in the centre and east and the Murray River along the N border. Capital: Melbourne. Pop: 4 947 985 (2003 est). Area: 227 620 sq km (87 884 sq miles)
Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza a lake in East Africa, in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya, at an altitude of 1134 m (3720 ft): the largest lake in Africa and second largest in the world; drained by the Victoria Nile. Area: 69 485 sq km (26 828 sq miles)
a port in SW Canada, capital of British Columbia, on Vancouver Island: founded in 1843 by the Hudson's Bay Company; made capital of British Columbia in 1868; university (1963). Pop: 288 346 (2001)
the capital of the Seychelles, a port on NE Mahé. Pop: 25 500 (2004 est)
an urban area in S China, part of Hong Kong, on N Hong Kong Island: financial and administrative district; university (1911); the name tends not to be used officially since reunification of Hong Kong with China in 1997
Mount Victoria a mountain in SE Papua New Guinea: the highest peak of the Owen Stanley Range. Height: 4073 m (13 363 ft)

British Dictionary definitions for lake victoria (3 of 4)

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1819–1901, queen of the United Kingdom (1837–1901) and empress of India (1876–1901). She married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1840). Her sense of vocation did much to restore the prestige of the British monarchy
(Spanish bikˈtorja) Tomás Luis de. ?1548–1611, Spanish composer of motets and masses in the polyphonic style

British Dictionary definitions for lake victoria (4 of 4)

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the Roman goddess of victoryGreek counterpart: Nike
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Cultural definitions for lake victoria

Lake Victoria

The largest lake in Africa, and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, after Lake Superior. It is on the Uganda-Tanzania-Kenya border and is also called Victoria Nyanza.

notes for Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is a headwater reservoir for the Nile River.

notes for Lake Victoria

It was explored by Henry Stanley in 1875.
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