Manhattan

[ man-hat-n, or, especially for 1, 2, muhn- ]
/ mænˈhæt n, or, especially for 1, 2, mən- /

noun

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).
a borough of New York City approximately coextensive with Manhattan Island: chief business district of the city.
a city in NE Kansas, on the Kansas River.
(often lowercase) a cocktail made of whiskey and sweet vermouth, usually with a dash of bitters and a maraschino cherry.

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British Dictionary definitions for Manhattan

Manhattan
/ (mænˈhætən, mən-) /

noun

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)
a mixed drink consisting of four parts whisky, one part vermouth, and a dash of bitters
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Cultural definitions for Manhattan

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.)

notes for Manhattan

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).

notes for Manhattan

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

notes for Manhattan

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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