[kwi-bek, ki-]


a province in E Canada. 594,860 sq. mi. (1,540,685 sq. km).
a seaport in and the capital of this province, on the St. Lawrence: capital of New France from 1663 to 1759, when it was taken by the English; wartime conferences 1943, 1944.
a word used in communications to represent the letter Q.

French Qué·bec [key-bek] /keɪˈbɛk/ (for defs 1, 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quebec

Contemporary Examples of quebec

Historical Examples of quebec

  • Now, the Government of Quebec is neither a naval nor a military power.

  • Party journalism in the Province of Quebec is peculiarly bitter and mendacious.

  • Then your friends are not waiting for you at Quebec this time, and you can stay a day or two with us.

  • He was interred in Quebec, with ev'ry possible mark of distinction.

  • Sir, a messenger this moment from Quebec waits to be admitted.

British Dictionary definitions for quebec



a province of E Canada: the largest Canadian province; a French colony from 1608 to 1763, when it passed to Britain; lying mostly on the Canadian Shield, it has vast areas of forest and extensive tundra and is populated mostly in the plain around the St Lawrence River. Capital: Quebec. Pop: 7 542 760 (2004 est). Area: 1 540 680 sq km (594 860 sq miles)Abbreviation: PQ
a port in E Canada, capital of the province of Quebec, situated on the St Lawrence River: founded in 1608 by Champlain; scene of the battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759), by which the British won Canada from the French. Pop: 169 076 (2001)
communications a code word for the letter q
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Word Origin and History for quebec


Canadian French province, from Micmac (Algonquian) /kepe:k/ "strait, narrows." Related: Quebecois (n. and adj.), from French Québecois.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

quebec in Culture


Province in eastern Canada, bordered to the east by Newfoundland, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence (an arm of the Atlantic Ocean); to the southeast by New Brunswick and several states of the United States; to the southwest by Ontario; to the west by Ontario and Hudson Bay; and to the north by islands of the Northwest Territories. Its capital is Quebec City, and its largest city is Montreal.


A French colony from 1663 to 1759, Quebec was then lost to the British.


It is Canada's largest province in area and second largest in population, after Ontario.


With French as its official language, Quebec has experienced tensions between its majority French and minority English cultures.
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