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[lab-ruh-dawr] /ˈlæb rəˌdɔr/
a peninsula in NE North America surrounded by Hudson Bay, the Atlantic, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, containing the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Quebec. 510,000 sq. mi. (1,320,900 sq. km).
the portion of Newfoundland in the E part of the peninsula. About 120,000 sq. mi. (310,800 sq. km).
(sometimes lowercase) Labrador retriever. Unabridged
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  • Reinhardt Ptarmigan, replaces the last variety in northern Labrador.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • It is safe to say that there is not a truthful Indian in Labrador.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Otherwise the marten are as well furred and as rich and deep in color as the far-famed Labrador ones.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • In Labrador these missions are largely, though by no means wholly, self-supporting.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • The man was brought before Grenfell, as Labrador magistrate.

British Dictionary definitions for Labrador


Also called Labrador-Ungava. a large peninsula of NE Canada, on the Atlantic, the Gulf of St Lawrence, Hudson Strait, and Hudson Bay: contains most of Quebec and the mainland part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; geologically part of the Canadian Shield. Area: 1 619 000 sq km (625 000 sq miles)
Also called Coast of Labrador. a region of NE Canada, on the Atlantic and consisting of the mainland part of Newfoundland and Labrador province
(often not capital) short for Labrador retriever
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Word Origin and History for Labrador

large province of eastern Canada, probably from Portuguese lavrador "landholder," perhaps in reference to 15c. Portuguese explorer Joao Fernandes, a landholder in the Azores. The name was first applied to Greenland. The breed of retriever dog so called from 1815. Related: Labradorian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Labrador in Culture

Labrador definition

The portion of the province of Newfoundland, Canada, that lies on the mainland of North America.

Note: It is the eastern part of the large Labrador-Ungava peninsular region of eastern Canada.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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