1. a city in and the capital of Manitoba, in S Canada, on the Red River.
  2. Lake, a lake in S Canada, in Manitoba. About 260 miles (420 km) long; about 9300 sq. mi. (24,085 sq. km).
  3. a river in S Canada, flowing NW from the Lake of the Woods to Lake Winnipeg. About 200 miles (320 km) long.
Related formsWin·ni·peg·ger, noun


  1. a province in central Canada. 246,512 sq. mi. (638,466 sq. km). Abbreviation: Man. Capital: Winnipeg.
  2. Lake, a lake in the S part of this province. 120 miles (195 km) long; 1817 sq. mi. (4705 sq. km).
Related formsMan·i·to·ban, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of winnipeg

Historical Examples of winnipeg

  • He was not capable of carrying it out to Winnipeg by himself.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • After that I shall go into Winnipeg and set the law in motion.

  • He had practically admitted his authorship of the notice in the Winnipeg paper.

  • Just for delivering a letter to the chief of police in Winnipeg.

  • Winnipeg (35,000) is destined to be the centre of the great inland trade of Canada.

British Dictionary definitions for winnipeg


  1. a city in S Canada, capital of Manitoba at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers: University of Manitoba (1877) and University of Winnipeg (1871). Pop: 626 685 (2001)
  2. Lake Winnipeg a lake in S Canada, in Manitoba: drains through the Nelson River into Hudson Bay. Area: 23 553 sq km (9094 sq miles)


  1. a province of W Canada: consists of prairie in the southwest, with extensive forests in the north and tundra near Hudson Bay in the northeast. Capital: Winnipeg. Pop: 1 170 268 (2004 est). Area: 650 090 sq km (251 000 sq miles)Abbreviation: MB
  2. Lake Manitoba a lake in W Canada, in S Manitoba: fed by the outflow from Lake Winnipegosis; drains into Lake Winnipeg. Area: 4706 sq km (1817 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for winnipeg


originally the name of the lake, probably from Ojibwa (Algonquian) winipeg "dirty water;" cf. winad "it is dirty." Etymologically related to Winnebago.


Canadian province, named for the lake, which was named for an island in the lake; from Algonquian manitou "great spirit."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

winnipeg in Culture


Capital of Manitoba, Canada, located in southern Manitoba near Lake Winnipeg and the U.S. state of Minnesota.


The easternmost city of the Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan), Winnipeg is the center of their agricultural industry.


It is known for its severe winters.


Province in central Canada, bordered to the north by the Northwest Territories, to the northeast by Hudson Bay, to the east by Ontario, to the south by Minnesota and North Dakota, and to the west by Saskatchewan. Winnipeg is the capital and largest city.

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