1. a city in and the capital of New Jersey, in the W part, on the Delaware River: Washington defeated Hessian troops here 1776.
  2. a city in SE Michigan, S of Detroit.
  3. a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada.
Related formsTren·to·ni·an [tren-toh-nee-uh n] /trɛnˈtoʊ ni ən/, noun

New Jersey

  1. a state in the E United States, on the Atlantic coast. 7836 sq. mi. (20,295 sq. km). Capital: Trenton. Abbreviation: NJ (for use with zip code), N.J.
Related formsNew Jer·sey·ite [jur-zee-ahyt] /ˈdʒɜr ziˌaɪt/, New Jer·sey·an, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of trenton

Historical Examples of trenton

  • The branch cracked ominously as Trenton leaned yet a little further.

  • You see, with the exception of myself, Mr. Trenton is about the rudest man in England.

  • Trenton stopped the horse, and the boy looked up to see what was wrong.

  • You seem to have very settled opinions on the matter, Mr. Trenton.

  • Really, Mr. Trenton, we are getting along very rapidly, are we not?

British Dictionary definitions for trenton


  1. a city in W New Jersey, capital of the state, on the Delaware River: settled by English Quakers in 1679; scene of the defeat of the British by Washington (1776) during the War of American Independence. Pop: 85 314 (2003 est)

New Jersey

  1. a state of the eastern US, on the Atlantic and Delaware Bay: mostly low-lying, with a heavy industrial area in the northeast and many coastal resorts. Capital: Trenton. Pop: 8 638 396 (2003 est). Area: 19 479 sq km (7521 sq miles)Abbreviation: N.J., (with zip code) NJ
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Word Origin and History for trenton


city in New Jersey, U.S., originally Trent’s Town, from William Trent, Philadelphia merchant who laid it out in 1714.

New Jersey

named 1664 by one of the proprietors, Sir George Carteret, for his home, the Channel island of Jersey. Jersey girl attested from 1770.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

trenton in Culture

New Jersey

State in the northeastern United States, bordered by New York to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Delaware Bay to the south and west, and Pennsylvania to the west. Its capital is Trenton, and its largest city is Newark.


One of the thirteen colonies.
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