[pri-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-]


[trans-vahl, tranz-]
  1. a province in the NE Republic of South Africa. 110,450 sq. mi. (286,066 sq. km). Capital: Pretoria.
Related formsTrans·vaal·er, nounTrans·vaal·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • It is true that Pretoria has also a good deal of the intelligence.

  • It was a bare announcement of arrival, duplicated to Pretoria and De Aar.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

  • The other two brothers, as we have said, had left Pretoria with the first volunteers.

  • As time went on, Pretoria was being shut in more completely every day.

  • Taking 'em up to Pretoria on the quiet, to sell 'em to Oom Paul's burghers, he was.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

British Dictionary definitions for pretoria


  1. a city in N South Africa, the administrative capital of South Africa; formerly capital of Transvaal province: two universities (1873, 1930); large steelworks. Pop: 525 384 (2001)Also called: Tshwane


  1. former province of NE South Africa: colonized by the Boers after the Great Trek (1836); became a British colony in 1902; joined South Africa in 1910; replaced in 1994 for administrative purposes by a new system of provinces (Eastern Transvaal (later Mpumalanga), Northern Transvaal (later Limpopo), Gauteng, and North West province). Capital: Pretoria
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pretoria in Culture



Administrative capital of South Africa. (See also Cape Town.)

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