[bur-ming-uhm for 1; bur-ming-ham for 2, 3]
a city in West Midlands, in central England.
a city in central Alabama.
a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit. Unabridged
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Birmingham (ˈbɜːmɪŋəm)
1.  informal Brummie an industrial city in central England, in Birmingham unitary authority, in the West Midlands: the second largest city in Great Britain; two cathedrals; three universities (1900, 1966, 1992). Pop: 970 892 (2001)
2.  a unitary authority in central England, in the West Midlands. Pop: 992 100 (2003 est). Area: 283 sq km (109 sq miles)
3.  an industrial city in N central Alabama: rich local deposits of coal, iron ore, and other minerals. Pop: 236 620 (2003 est)

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Word Origin & History

industrial city in central England, 1086, Bermingehame, lit. "homestead of the place (or people) named for Beorma, some forgotten Anglo-Saxon person, whose name probably is a shortening of Beornmund. The Birmingham in Alabama, U.S., was founded 1871 as an industrial center and named for the English city.
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Cultural Dictionary

Birmingham definition

City in central England; England's second-largest city, after London, and an important industrial and transportation center.

Birmingham definition

City in north-central Alabama; largest city in the state.

Note: Birmingham was the site of extreme racial violence during the civil rights movement. Although associated with specific race riots in 1963, Birmingham came to represent, as a whole, southern white resistance to integration. (See “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”)
Note: Birmingham is known as the “Pittsburgh of the South” for its steel and iron production.
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Example sentences for Birmingham
He is also commemorated by a memorial in chamberlain square in central birmingham.
The southeastern conference headquarters is based in birmingham.
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