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Sir Philip. Sidney, Sir Philip.
a seaport in and the capital of New South Wales, in SE Australia.
a seaport on NE Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, in SE Canada.
a male or female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for Sydney (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsɪdnɪ) /

a port in SE Australia, capital of New South Wales, on an inlet of the S Pacific: the largest city in Australia and the first British settlement, established as a penal colony in 1788; developed rapidly after 1820 with the discovery of gold in its hinterland; large wool market; three universities. Pop: 3 502 301 (2001)
a port in SE Canada, in Nova Scotia on NE Cape Breton Island: capital of Cape Breton Island until 1820, when the island united administratively with Nova Scotia. Pop: 32 286 (2006)

British Dictionary definitions for Sydney (2 of 2)

/ (ˈsɪdnɪ) /

a variant spelling of (Sir Philip) Sidney
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Cultural definitions for Sydney


Largest city in Australia, located in the southeastern part of the country, surrounding Port Jackson inlet on the Pacific Ocean; the capital and largest city of New South Wales state; Australia's chief port and main cultural and industrial center.

notes for Sydney

Sydney was founded in 1788 as Australia's first settlement for convicts from Britain.

notes for Sydney

It was the site of the 2000 summer Olympic Games.
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