León

León

[ley-ohn; Spanish le-awn]
noun
1.
a province in NW Spain: formerly a kingdom. 5936 sq. mi. (15,375 sq. km).
2.
the capital of this province.
3.
a city in W Guanajuato, in central Mexico.
4.
a city in W Nicaragua: the former capital.
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León (Spanish leˈɔn)
 
n
1.  a region and former kingdom of NW Spain, which united with Castile in 1230
2.  a city of NW Spain: capital of the kingdom of León (10th century). Pop: 135 634 (2003 est)
3.  Official name: León de los Aldamas a city in central Mexico, in W Guanajuato state: commercial centre of a rich agricultural region. Pop: 1 438 000 (2005 est)
4.  a city in W Nicaragua: one of the oldest towns of Central America, founded in 1524; capital of Nicaragua until 1855; university (1812). Pop: 168 000 (2005 est)

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Leon
medieval kingdom in northwestern Spain, said to be from L. legionis (septimae) "of the Seventh Legion," which was stationed thereabouts in Roman times; the name probably then conformed to Sp. leon "lion."
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