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/ ˌfɪl əˈdɛl fi ə /
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a city in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River: Declaration of Independence signed here July 4, 1776.
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British Dictionary definitions for Philadelphia

/ (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfɪə) /

a city and port in SE Pennsylvania, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers: the fourth largest city in the US; founded by Quakers in 1682; cultural and financial centre of the American colonies and the federal capital (1790–1800); scene of the Continental Congresses (1774–83) and the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776). Pop: 1 479 339 (2003 est)
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Cultural definitions for Philadelphia

[ (fil-uh-del-fee-uh, fil-uh-del-fyuh) ]

Largest city in Pennsylvania.

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Cultural center now and especially in colonial times. Its historical monuments include Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; the Liberty Bell; and Congress Hall.

notes for Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” was founded in the late seventeenth century as a Quaker colony by William Penn.
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