m. kingston


[kingz-tuhn, king-stuhn]
Maxine Hong [hong] , born 1940, U.S. novelist.
a seaport in and the capital of Jamaica.
a port in SE Ontario, in SE Canada, on Lake Ontario.
a city in SE New York, on the Hudson River.
a borough in E Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River opposite Wilkes-Barre.
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Kingston (ˈkɪŋstən)
1.  the capital and chief port of Jamaica, on the SE coast: University of the West Indies. Pop: 574 000 (2005 est)
2.  a port in SE Canada, in SE Ontario: the chief naval base of Lake Ontario and a large industrial centre; university (1841). Pop: 108 158 (2001)
3.  the capital of Norfolk Island, in the S Pacific Ocean
4.  short for Kingston upon Thames

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Word Origin & History

West Indian island, from Taino (Arawakan). The Jamaica in New York probably is a Delaware (Algonquian) word meaning "beaver pond" alt. by infl. of the island name.
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Jamaica definition

Nation in the West Indies, situated south of Cuba and west of Haiti, in the Caribbean Sea. Its capital and largest city is Kingston.

Note: It was the leading world sugar producer in the eighteenth century, when a large slave population grew up around sugar plantations.
Note: A British colony from 1865 to 1962, Jamaica then became completely independent.
Note: The country has a high level of poverty.
Note: Tourism is a major industry.
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