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[me-see-nuh] /mɛˈsi nə/
a seaport in NE Sicily.
Strait of, a strait between Sicily and Italy. 2½ miles (4 km) wide. Unabridged
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  • And this island, the commencement of which is Messina, contains all the pleasant things of this world.

  • They were to proceed to Messina in Sicily, where Richard was to join them.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • The fleet assembled at Messina on September 21, 1571, too late for the relief of Cyprus.

  • All these things happened a few months only before Richard arrived in Messina.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • And the wagon-lit, booked to Syracuse, calmly left stranded in the station of Messina, to go no further.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for Messina


a port in NE Sicily, on the Strait of Messina: colonized by Greeks around 730 bc; under Spanish rule (1282–1676 and 1678–1713); university (1549). Pop: 252 026 (2001)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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