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London

[luhn-duh n] /ˈlʌn dən/
noun
1.
Jack, 1876–1916, U.S. short-story writer and novelist.
2.
a metropolis in SE England, on the Thames: capital of the United Kingdom.
3.
City of, an old city in the central part of the former county of London: the ancient nucleus of the modern metropolis. 1 sq. mi. (3 sq. km).
4.
County of, a former administrative county comprising the City of London and 28 metropolitan boroughs, now part of Greater London.
5.
Greater. Also, Greater London Council. an urban area comprising the city of London and 32 metropolitan boroughs. 609 sq. mi. (1575 sq. km).
6.
a city in S Ontario, in SE Canada.

United Kingdom

noun
1.
a kingdom in NW Europe, consisting of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: formerly comprising Great Britain and Ireland 1801–1922. 94,242 sq. mi. (244,100 sq. km).
Capital: London.
Abbreviation: U.K.
Official name United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

England

[ing-gluh nd or, often, -luh nd] /ˈɪŋ glənd or, often, -lənd/
noun
1.
the largest division of the United Kingdom, constituting, with Scotland and Wales, the island of Great Britain. 50,327 sq. mi. (130,347 sq. km)
Capital: London.
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Examples from the web for London
  • The adjacent units have been converted and form a gastronomic focus for London.
  • Gradually the village became absorbed into the seamless expansion of London.
  • A member of the yeomen of the guard or yeomen warders of the tower of London.
  • He took holy orders, and was appointed chaplain to the lock hospital, London.
  • In any case, it would have been performed at the theatre and, later, the globe in London.
  • The school that he attends is a grammar school in north London.
  • Andres bello, who never laid claim on martial ability, remained in London.
  • During the first world war, head treated patients with brain injuries in London.
  • This idea was first discussed by mat ryer a computer software engineer based in London.
  • Which, together with its lake, is the largest private garden in London.
British Dictionary definitions for London

London1

/ˈlʌndən/
noun
1.
the capital of the United Kingdom, a port in S England on the River Thames near its estuary on the North Sea: consists of the City (the financial quarter), the West End (the entertainment and major shopping centre), the East End (the industrial and former dock area), and extensive suburbs Latin name Londinium See also City
2.
Greater London, the administrative area of London, consisting of the City of London and 32 boroughs (13 Inner London boroughs and 19 Outer London boroughs): formed in 1965 from the City, parts of Surrey, Kent, Essex, and Hertfordshire, and almost all of Middlesex, and abolished for administrative purposes in 1996: a Mayor of London and a new London Assembly took office in 2000. Pop: 7 387 900 (2003 est). Area: 1579 sq km (610 sq miles)
3.
a city in SE Canada, in SE Ontario on the Thames River: University of Western Ontario (1878). Pop: 337 318 (2001)
4.
(Austral & NZ, slang) it's London to a brick, it is certain

London2

/ˈlʌndən/
noun
1.
Jack, full name John Griffith London. 1876–1916, US novelist, short-story writer, and adventurer. His works include Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea Wolf (1904), The Iron Heel (1907), and the semiautobiographical John Barleycorn (1913)

England

/ˈɪŋɡlənd/
noun
1.
the largest division of Great Britain, bordering on Scotland and Wales: unified in the mid-tenth century and conquered by the Normans in 1066; united with Wales in 1536 and Scotland in 1707; monarchy overthrown in 1649 but restored in 1660. Capital: London. Pop: 49 855 700 (2003 est). Area: 130 439 sq km (50 352 sq miles) See United Kingdom, Great Britain

United Kingdom

noun
1.
a kingdom of NW Europe, consisting chiefly of the island of Great Britain together with Northern Ireland: became the world's leading colonial power in the 18th century; the first country to undergo the Industrial Revolution. It became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1921, after the rest of Ireland became autonomous as the Irish Free State. Primarily it is a trading nation, the chief exports being manufactured goods; joined the Common Market (now the European Union) in January 1973. Official language: English; Gaelic, Welsh, and other minority languages. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pound sterling. Capital: London. Pop: 63 395 574 (2013 est). Area: 244 110 sq km (94 251 sq miles) UK See also Great Britain
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Word Origin and History for London

chief city and capital of England, Latin Londinium (c.115), often explained as "place belonging to a man named Londinos," a supposed Celtic personal name meaning "the wild one," "but this etymology is rejected in an emphatic footnote in Jackson 1953 (p.308), and we have as yet nothing to put in its place" [Margaret Gelling, "Signposts to the Past: Place-Names and the History of England," Chichester, 1978]. London Bridge the children's singing game is attested from 1827. London broil "large flank steak broiled then cut in thin slices" attested by 1939, American English; London fog first attested 1830.

United Kingdom

attested from 1737.

England

n.

Old English Engla land, literally "the land of the Angles" (see English (n.1)), used alongside Angelcynn "the English race," which, with other forms, shows Anglo-Saxon persistence in thinking in terms of tribes before place. By late Old English times both words had come to be used with a clear sense of place; a Dane, Canute, is first to call himself "King of England." The loss of one of the duplicate syllables is a case of haplology.

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London in Culture

London definition


Capital of Britain, located in southeastern England on both sides of the Thames River; officially called Greater London; a financial, commercial, industrial, and cultural center and one of the world's greatest ports.

Note: Many buildings of central London were destroyed or damaged in air raids, called the Blitz (short for blitzkrieg), during World War II.
Note: London is the home of Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London, and the University of London.

United Kingdom definition


Part of the official name of the British nation; the full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It includes England, Scotland, Wales, and six counties of Ireland, ruled by the king or queen of England, and represented in the nation's parliament.

England definition


One of the countries of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester are in England.

Note: The king or queen of England is the king or queen of the United Kingdom.
Note: The name England is often used to refer to all of Great Britain.
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