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Wellington

[wel-ing-tuh n]
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noun
  1. 1st Duke ofArthur Wellesleythe Iron Duke, 1769–1852, British general and statesman, born in Ireland: prime minister 1828–30.
  2. Wellington boot.
  3. a seaport in and the capital of New Zealand, on S North Island.
  4. beef Wellington.
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Wellington boot

or wellington boot

noun
  1. a leather boot with the front part of the top extending above the knee.
  2. a rubber or water-repellent leather boot extending to the knee or somewhat below it.
  3. half Wellington.
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Origin of Wellington boot

First recorded in 1810–20; after the 1st Duke of Wellington
Also called Wellington, wel·ling·ton.

New Zealand

[zee-luh nd]
noun
  1. a country in the S Pacific, SE of Australia, consisting of North Island, South Island, and adjacent small islands: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 103,416 sq. mi. (267,845 sq. km). Capital: Wellington.
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Related formsNew Zea·land·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for wellington

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  • It was impossible to persuade Wellington that he was beaten until he actually was beaten.

  • In these respects Napoleon and Wellington were both first-rate men of business.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • A fine trait of the same kind is to be noted in the life of the Duke of Wellington.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • There he was met by another Englishman by the name of Wellington who introduced him to Waterloo.

  • But if Wellington hoped that he would quit intriguing, he misjudged his man.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for wellington

Wellington1

noun
  1. an administrative district, formerly a province, of New Zealand, on SW North Island: major livestock producer in New Zealand. Capital: Wellington. Pop: 456 900 (2004 est). Area: 28 153 sq km (10 870 sq miles)
  2. the capital city of New Zealand. Its port, historically Port Nicholson, on Wellington Harbour has a car and rail ferry link between the North and South Islands; university (1899). Pop: 182 600 (2004 est)
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Wellington2

noun
  1. 1st Duke of, title of Arthur Wellesley. 1769–1852, British soldier and statesman; prime minister (1828–30). He was given command of the British forces against the French in the Peninsular War (1808–14) and routed Napoleon at Waterloo (1815)
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New Zealand

noun
  1. an independent dominion within the Commonwealth, occupying two main islands (the North Island and the South Island), Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, and a number of minor islands in the SE Pacific: original Māori inhabitants ceded sovereignty to the British government in 1840; became a dominion in 1907; a major world exporter of dairy products, wool, and meat. Official languages: English and Māori. Religion: Christian majority, nonreligious and Māori minorities. Currency: New Zealand dollar. Capital: Wellington. Pop: 4 365 113 (2013 est). Area: 270 534 sq km (104 454 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for wellington

Wellington

n.

boot so called from 1817, for Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), who also in his lifetime had a style of coat, hat, and trousers named for him as well as a variety of apple and pine tree.

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New Zealand

from Dutch Nieuw Zeeland, literally "new sea land," but chiefly a reference to the Dutch province of Zeeland. Discovered 1647 by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and originally named Staaten Landt; the name was changed the following year by Dutch authorities.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wellington in Culture

New Zealand

Nation in the southern Pacific Ocean containing two principal islands — North Island and South Island — and several small outlying islands. Its capital is Wellington, and its largest city is Auckland.

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Note

New Zealand is known for its sheep industry and spectacular scenery.
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