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[get-iz-burg] /ˈgɛt ɪzˌbɜrg/
a borough in S Pennsylvania: Confederate forces defeated in a crucial battle of the Civil War fought near here on July 1–3, 1863; national cemetery and military park. Unabridged
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  • The one-act play may be said to have arrived in the nine years that have elapsed since Gettysburg was published.

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  • The crucial battle of the war, Gettysburg, was being fought.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • Dave Morse came with him, but little Davy lies at Gettysburg.

    Poppea of the Post-Office Mabel Osgood Wright
  • We have had not one Gettysburg, but twenty Gettysburgs; but we have had no Union.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Thus ended the battle of Gettysburg—the bloody turning-point of the Rebellion—the bloody baptism of the redeemed Republic.

British Dictionary definitions for Gettysburg


a small town in S Pennsylvania, southwest of Harrisburg: scene of a crucial battle (1863) during the American Civil War, in which Meade's Union forces defeated Lee's Confederate army; site of the national cemetery dedicated by President Lincoln. Pop: 7825 (2003 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gettysburg

town in southern Pennsylvania, U.S., 1800 (earlier it was Gettys-town), founded 1780s by Gen. James Gettys and named for him. Civil War battle there was fought July 1-3, 1863. The Gettysburg Address was given Nov. 19, 1863, and was being called that by 1865, though before Lincoln’s assassination the term tended to refer to Edward Everett’s full oration that preceded Lincoln’s short speech.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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