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Calcutta

[kal-kuht-uh] /kælˈkʌt ə/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of West Bengal state, in E India, on the Hooghly River: former capital of British India.
2.
(sometimes lowercase). Also called Calcutta pool. a form of betting pool for a competition or tournament, as golf or auto racing, in which gamblers bid for participating contestants in an auction, the proceeds from which are put into a pool for distribution, according to a prearranged scale of percentages, to those who selected winners.

West Bengal

noun
1.
a state in E India: formerly part of the province of Bengal. 33,805 sq. mi. (87,555 sq. km).
Capital: Calcutta.
Compare Bengal (def 1).
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  • It was built by some English merchants, and is called Calcutta.

    Far Off Favell Lee Mortimer
  • Arrived at Calcutta, the question arose: "What shall we do with him?"

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I think the best thing that I can do is to give you leave, for a time, as soon as we get to Calcutta.

    On the Irrawaddy G. A. Henty
  • I found him in Calcutta, and I have brought him home with me.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Once in Calcutta, and his business plans set going, he started out to find some of the city's Christian forces.

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
British Dictionary definitions for Calcutta

Calcutta

/kælˈkʌtə/
noun
1.
the former official name (still widely used) of Kolkata

West Bengal

noun
1.
a state of E India, on the Bay of Bengal: formed in 1947 from the Hindu area of Bengal; additional territories added in 1950 (Cooch Behar), 1954 (Chandernagor), and 1956 (part of Bihar); mostly low-lying and crossed by the Hooghly River. Capital: Kolkata (Calcutta). Pop: 80 221 171 (2001). Area: 88 752 sq km (34 260 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Calcutta

city in eastern India, named for Hindu goddess Kali.

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Calcutta in Culture

Calcutta definition


Largest city in India, located in the eastern part of the country on the Hooghly River.

Note: Calcutta is one of the largest cities in the world and suffers from poverty, overcrowding, and unemployment.
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