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Aberdeen

[ab-er-deen for 1, 2; ab-er-deen for 3–6] /ˌæb ərˈdin for 1, 2; ˈæb ərˌdin for 3–6/
noun
1.
Also called Aberdeenshire
[ab-er-deen-sheer, -sher] /ˌæb ərˈdin ʃɪər, -ʃər/ (Show IPA)
. a historic county in NE Scotland.
2.
a seaport in NE Scotland, on the North Sea: administrative center of the Grampian region.
3.
a city in NE South Dakota.
4.
a seaport in W Washington.
5.
a town in NE Maryland.
6.
a fishhook having an extended bend.
Related forms
Aberdonian
[ab-er-doh-nee-uh n] /ˌæb ərˈdoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire

/ˌæbəˈdiːnˌʃɪə; -ʃə/
noun
1.
a council area and historical county of N Scotland, on the North Sea: became part of Grampian Region in 1975 but reinstated as an independent unitary authority (with adjusted borders) in 1996: rises to the Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains in the SW: chiefly agricultural (esp sheep and stock raising). Administrative centre: Aberdeen. Pop: 229 330 (2003 est). Area 6319 sq km (2439 sq miles)

Aberdeen1

/ˌæbəˈdiːn/
noun
1.
a city in NE Scotland, on the North Sea: centre for processing North Sea oil and gas; university (1494). Pop: 184 788 (2001)
2.
City of Aberdeen, a council area in NE Scotland, established in 1996. Pop: 206 600 (2003 est). Area: 186 sq km (72 sq miles)

Aberdeen2

/ˌæbəˈdiːn/
noun
1.
George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of. 1784–1860, British statesman. He was foreign secretary under Wellington (1828) and Peel (1841–46); became prime minister of a coalition ministry in 1852 but was compelled to resign after mismanagement of the Crimean War (1855)
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aberdeenshire in Culture
Aberdeen [(ab-uhr-deen)]

City in northeastern Scotland, on the North Sea.

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Encyclopedia Article for aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire

council area and historic county of eastern Scotland. It projects shoulderlike eastward into the North Sea and encompasses coastal lowlands in the north and east and part of the Grampian Mountains in the west. The council area and the historic county occupy somewhat different areas. The city of Aberdeen is part of the historic county of Aberdeenshire but constitutes an independent council area that forms an enclave within the council area of Aberdeenshire. The rest of the historic county lies within the council area of the same name, which also incorporates the entire historic county of Kincardineshire and the northeastern portion of the historic county of Banffshire.

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