former name of Staten Island ( def 2 ).
a port in and the capital of Virginia, in the E part on the James River: capital of the Confederacy 1861–65.
Also called Richmond-upon-Thames [rich-muhnd-uh-pon-temz, -pawn-] . a borough of Greater London, England, on the Thames River: site of Kew Gardens.
a seaport in W California, on San Francisco Bay.
a city in E Indiana.
a city in E central Kentucky.
a male given name. Unabridged


a state in the E United States, on the Atlantic coast: part of the historical South. 40,815 sq. mi. (105,710 sq. km). Capital: Richmond. Abbreviation: VA (for use with zip code), Va.
a town in NE Minnesota.
(italics) Merrimac.
a female given name: from a Roman family name. Unabridged
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Richmond (ˈrɪtʃmənd)
1.  Official name: Richmond-upon-Thames a borough of Greater London, on the River Thames: formed in 1965 by the amalgamation of Barnes, Richmond, and Twickenham; site of Hampton Court Palace and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Pop: 179 200 (2003 est). Area: 55 sq km (21 sq miles)
2.  a town in N England, in North Yorkshire: Norman castle. Pop: 8178 (2001)
3.  a port in E Virginia, the state capital, at the falls of the James River: developed after the establishment of a trading post (1637); scene of the Virginia Conventions of 1774 and 1775; Confederate capital in the American Civil War. Pop: 194 729 (2003 est)
4.  a county of SW New York City: coextensive with Staten Island borough; consists of Staten Island and several smaller islands

Virginia1 (vəˈdʒɪnɪə)
(sometimes not capital) a type of flue-cured tobacco grown originally in Virginia

Virginia2 (vəˈdʒɪnɪə)
Va, Abbreviation: VA a state of the eastern US, on the Atlantic: site of the first permanent English settlement in North America; consists of a low-lying deeply indented coast rising inland to the Piedmont plateau and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Capital: Richmond. Pop: 7 386 330 (2003 est). Area: 103 030 sq km (39 780 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

British colony in N.America, name appears on a map in 1587, named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. The fem. proper name is from L. Virginia, fem. of Virginius, earlier Verginius, probably related to Vergilius (cf. virgilian).
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Cultural Dictionary

Richmond definition

The capital of Virginia.

Note: Capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Virginia definition

State in the eastern United States bordered by West Virginia and Maryland to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, North Carolina and Tennessee to the south, and Kentucky to the west. Its capital is Richmond, and its largest city is Virginia Beach.

Note: One of the thirteen colonies. The first permanent English settlement in North America was at Jamestown, founded in the early seventeenth century.
Note: Named for Queen Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen.”
Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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