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[vik-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-; for 3 also Spanish beek-taw-ryah]
  1. the ancient Roman goddess of victory, identified with the Greek goddess Nike.
  2. 1819–1901, queen of Great Britain 1837–1901; empress of India 1876–1901.
  3. Gua·da·lupe [gwahd-l-oop, -oo-pee; Spanish gwah-th ah-loo-pe] /ˌgwɑd lˈup, -ˈu pi; Spanish ˌgwɑ ðɑˈlu pɛ/Manuel Félix Fernández, 1789–1843, Mexican military and political leader: first president of the republic 1824–29.
  4. To·más Luis de [taw-mahs lwees de] /tɔˈmɑs lwis dɛ/, 1548–1611, Spanish composer.
  5. Also called Hong Kong, Xianggang. a seaport in and the capital of the Hong Kong colony, on the N coast of Hong Kong island, facing the seaport of Kowloon.
  6. a state in SE Australia. 87,884 sq. mi. (227,620 sq. km). Capital: Melbourne.
  7. a seaport in and the capital of British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, in SW Canada.
  8. a city in S Texas.
  9. a former name of Nyanda.
  10. a port in and the capital of the Seychelles.
  11. Lake. Also called Victoria Nyanza. a lake in E central Africa, in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya: second largest freshwater lake in the world; source of the White Nile. About 26,828 sq. mi. (69,485 sq. km).
  12. Mount, a mountain on E New Guinea, in SE Papua New Guinea, in the Owen Stanley Range. 13,240 feet (4036 meters).
  13. (lowercase) a low, light, four-wheeled carriage with a calash top, a seat for two passengers, and a perch in front for the driver.
  14. (lowercase) an open touring car having a folding top that usually covers only the rear seat.
  15. (lowercase) any of several large-leaved water lilies of the genus Victoria.Compare royal water lily.
  16. a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for lake victoria


  1. a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with a folding hood, two passenger seats, and a seat in front for the driver
  2. Also called: victoria plum British a large sweet variety of plum, red and yellow in colour
  3. 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
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Word Origin for victoria

C19: all named after Queen Victoria


  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. the capital of the Seychelles, a port on NE Mahé. Pop: 25 500 (2004 est)
  5. 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
  6. Mount Victoria a mountain in SE Papua New Guinea: the highest peak of the Owen Stanley Range. Height: 4073 m (13 363 ft)
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  1. 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
  2. (Spanish bikˈtorja) Tomás Luis de. ?1548–1611, Spanish composer of motets and masses in the polyphonic style
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  1. the Roman goddess of victoryGreek counterpart: Nike
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Word Origin and History for lake victoria


fem. proper name, Latin, literally "victory" (see victory). The Victoria cross is a decoration founded 1856 by Queen Victoria.

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lake victoria in Culture

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.

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Lake Victoria is a headwater reservoir for the Nile River.


It was explored by Henry Stanley in 1875.
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