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[nash-vil] /ˈnæʃ vɪl/
a city in and the capital of Tennessee, in the central part: battle 1864.


[ten-uh-see] /ˌtɛn əˈsi/
a state in the SE United States. 42,246 sq. mi. (109,415 sq. km).
Capital: Nashville.
Abbreviation: TN (for use with zip code), Tenn.
a river flowing from E Tennessee through N Alabama, W Tennessee, and SW Kentucky into the Ohio near Paducah. 652 miles (1050 km) long. Unabridged
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  • Imp is the most valuable horse on the place and would bring a high price in Nashville.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Atlanta, Charleston, Memphis, and Nashville were added to this class by 1890.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • Captain Dillon left for Nashville this P. M. after artillery equipment.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • Hoen & Co. say they have written to Nashville and Washington but have had no reply.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • He removed and located at Nashville, and very soon was engaged in an active and remunerative practice.

    The Battle of New Orleans Zachary F. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Nashville


a city in central Tennessee, the state capital, on the Cumberland River: an industrial and commercial centre, noted for its recording industry. Pop (including Davidson): 544 765 (2003 est)


a state of the E central US: consists of a plain in the west, rising to the Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau in the east. Capital: Nashville. Pop: 5 841 748 (2003 est). Area: 109 412 sq km (42 244 sq miles) Abbreviation Tenn, (with zip code) TN
a river in the E central US, flowing southwest from E Tennessee into N Alabama, then west and north to the Ohio River at Paducah: the longest tributary of the Ohio; includes a series of dams and reservoirs under the Tennessee Valley Authority. Length: 1049 km (652 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Nashville

capital of Tennessee, U.S., named for Gen. Francis Nash (1742-1777) of North Carolina, U.S. Revolutionary War hero killed at the Battle of Germantown. The surname is attested from 1296 in Sussex Subsidy Rolls, atten Eysse, atte Nasche (with assimilation of -n- from a preposition; see N), meaning "near an ash tree," or "near a place called Ash." In reference to a type of country & western music that originated there, 1963.


state and river, from Cherokee (Iroquoian) village name ta'nasi', of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Nashville in Culture

Nashville definition

City in central Tennessee.

Note: Center of country music.

Tennessee definition

State in the south-central United States bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north; North Carolina to the east; Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south; and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. Its capital is Nashville, and its largest city is Memphis.

Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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