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Manhattan

[man-hat-n, or especially for 1, 2, muh n-]
noun
  1. Also called Man·hat·tan Is·land. an island in New York City surrounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. 13½ miles (22 km) long; 2½ miles (4 km) greatest width; 22¼ sq. mi. (58 sq. km).
  2. a borough of New York City approximately coextensive with Manhattan Island: chief business district of the city.
  3. a city in NE Kansas, on the Kansas River.
  4. (often lowercase) a cocktail made of whiskey and sweet vermouth, usually with a dash of bitters and a maraschino cherry.
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  • Mauburn felt the rock foundations of Manhattan Island to be crumbling to dust.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Hundreds of those deadly bombs must have burst in Manhattan alone.

    Spawn of the Comet

    Harold Thompson Rich

  • You'll be Jasper Begg that sailed the lady's yacht Manhattan?

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • Yes, it was a far cry from the African jungles to populous Manhattan.

    The Mind Master

    Arthur J. Burks

  • In seventy-two hours he has wrecked the morale of Manhattan.

    The Mind Master

    Arthur J. Burks


British Dictionary definitions for manhattan

Manhattan

noun
  1. an island at the N end of New York Bay, between the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers: administratively (with adjacent islets) a borough of New York City; a major financial, commercial, and cultural centre. Pop: 1 537 195 (2000). Area: 47 sq km (22 sq miles)
  2. a mixed drink consisting of four parts whisky, one part vermouth, and a dash of bitters
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Word Origin and History for manhattan

Manhattan

main island of New York City, from Dutch, from a native name, perhaps representing a Delaware (Algonquian) source akin to Munsee munahan "island." Bright favors Munsee /e:nta menahahte:nk/ "where one gathers bows." As the name of a cocktail made of vermouth, whiskey, and a dash of bitters, it is attested from 1890 (in Manhattan cocktail).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

manhattan in Culture

Manhattan

Island that constitutes one of the five boroughs that make up New York City. (See also Bowery, Broadway (see also Broadway), Central Park, Harlem, Park Avenue, Times Square, and World Trade Center.)

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Center of the country's financial industry (see Wall Street), communications industry, including advertising and television (see Madison Avenue), and fashion industry (see Fifth Avenue).

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A center of the art world (see Greenwich Village).

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Because of its noise and congestion, some have viewed it as unlivable, giving rise to the phrase “It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.” In the 1990s, it experienced prosperity and a decline in crime rates.

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The September 11 attacks left a physical and emotional scar on Manhattan.
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