a city in W California, on Monterey Bay: the capital of California until 1847. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • After an attack of three days, Monterey fell into his hands.

    The Nation in a Nutshell

    George Makepeace Towle

  • The sleepers of the Monterey and Mexican Gulf railway are nearly all of ebony.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Frémont's pressing south from Moorefield, Milroy east from Monterey!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Such army as Mexico possessed was crushingly defeated at Monterey.

  • "But you wrote from Monterey that it was all over," she persisted.

British Dictionary definitions for monterey



a city in W California: capital of Spain's Pacific empire from 1774 to 1825; taken by the US (1846). Pop: 29 960 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for monterey


city in California, U.S., formerly the Spanish Pacific capital, named for the bay, which was named 1603 for Spanish colonist and viceroy of New Spain Conde de Monterrey. The Monterrey in Mexico also is named for him.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper