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  1. Seatlh, c1790–1866, Suquamish leader: Seattle, Washington, named after him.
  2. a seaport in W Washington, on Puget Sound.
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  • The rates from Seattle to the Springs are $1.50 more, in each case, than the Tacoma rates.

  • As the Seattle lost headway, he put the wheel over some more.

    Lost Face

    Jack London

  • Boastfully, they sent us newsreels of their entries into Portland and Seattle.

  • And then, as beginning a new voyage, the Elsinore will depart for Seattle.

  • The honeymoon shall be on the Elsinore from Valparaiso all the way to Seattle?

British Dictionary definitions for seattle


  1. a port in W Washington, on the isthmus between Lake Washington and Puget Sound: the largest city in the state and chief commercial centre of the Northwest; two universities. Pop: 569 101 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for seattle


city founded 1853, named for Seatlh (c.1790-1866), native chief who befriended white settlers. His name is in the Salishan tongue.

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seattle in Culture



The largest city in the state of Washington.

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Although no longer the headquarters of the Boeing Aircraft Company, the Seattle region still contains many Boeing facilities.
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