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Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfɪə)
 
n
a city and port in SE Pennsylvania, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers: the fourth largest city in the US; founded by Quakers in 1682; cultural and financial centre of the American colonies and the federal capital (1790--1800); scene of the Continental Congresses (1774--83) and the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776). Pop: 1 479 339 (2003 est)

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Word Origin & History

Philadelphia
city in Pennsylvania, U.S., from Gk., taken by William Penn to mean lit. "brotherly love," from philos "loving" + adelphos "brother" (see 'Adelphi). Also the name recalls that of the ancient city in Lydia, mentioned in the N.T., which was so called in honor of Attalos II Philadelphos, 2c B.C.E.
king of Pergamon, who founded it. His title is said to have meant "loving the brethren." Slang shortening Philly first attested 1891; Philadelphia lawyer "clever, shrewd attorney" attested from 1788 in London, said originally to have been applied to Andrew Hamilton, who obtained the famous acquittal of J.P. Zenger on libel charges in 1735.
"[C]ricket and coaching were after all popular in their day in places besides Philadelphia. It was merely that Philadelphia kept on with them longer than most places. This is a perennial Philadelphia trick, and gives to Philadelphia a sort of perpetual feeling of loss. Philadelphians are always just now getting rid of things that are picturesque, like those gas lamps on the streets, only because everybody else got rid of them long ago." [Nathaniel Burt, "The Perennial Philadelphians," 1963]
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Cultural Dictionary
Philadelphia [(fil-uh-del-fee-uh, fil-uh-del-fyuh)]

Largest city in Pennsylvania.

Note: Cultural center now and especially in colonial times. Its historical monuments include Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; the Liberty Bell; and Congress Hall.
Note: Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” was founded in the late seventeenth century as a Quaker colony by William Penn.
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Bible Dictionary

Philadelphia definition


brotherly love, a city of Lydia in Asia Minor, about 25 miles south-east of Sardis. It was the seat of one of the "seven churches" (Rev. 3:7-12). It came into the possession of the Turks in A.D. 1392. It has several times been nearly destroyed by earthquakes. It is still a town of considerable size, called Allahshehr, "the city of God."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences for +Philadelphia
Putting potato chips inside of a hoagie is a popular tradition in philadelphia.
It was not howe had instead sailed away on an expedition to capture philadelphia.
The name they chose was berwyn, a beautiful subdivision outside of philadelphia.
The foundation is headquartered at the racquet club of philadelphia.
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