[ liz-buhn ]

  1. a seaport in and the capital of Portugal, in the SW part, on the Tagus estuary.

  • Portuguese Lis·bo·a [leezh-baw-uh]. /liʒˈbɔ ə/.

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British Dictionary definitions for Lisbon


/ (ˈlɪzbən) /

  1. the capital and chief port of Portugal, in the southwest on the Tagus estuary: became capital in 1256; subject to earthquakes and severely damaged in 1755; university (1911). Pop: 1 892 891 (2001): Portuguese name: Lisboa (liʒˈboə)

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Cultural definitions for Lisbon


[ (liz-buhn) ]

Capital of Portugal and largest city in the country, located in western Portugal on the Tagus River where it broadens to enter the Atlantic Ocean; a major port, and Portugal's political, economic, and cultural center.

Notes for Lisbon

Because Lisbon was a neutral city, it became a center for international political activity during World War II.

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