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Quebec

[kwi-bek, ki-] /kwɪˈbɛk, kɪ-/
noun
1.
a province in E Canada. 594,860 sq. mi. (1,540,685 sq. km).
2.
a seaport in and the capital of this province, on the St. Lawrence: capital of New France from 1663 to 1759, when it was taken by the English; wartime conferences 1943, 1944.
3.
a word used in communications to represent the letter Q.
French Québec
[key-bek] /keɪˈbɛk/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
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British Dictionary definitions for québec

Quebec

/kwɪˈbɛk; kə-; kɛ-/
noun
1.
a province of E Canada: the largest Canadian province; a French colony from 1608 to 1763, when it passed to Britain; lying mostly on the Canadian Shield, it has vast areas of forest and extensive tundra and is populated mostly in the plain around the St Lawrence River. Capital: Quebec. Pop: 7 542 760 (2004 est). Area: 1 540 680 sq km (594 860 sq miles) PQ
2.
a port in E Canada, capital of the province of Quebec, situated on the St Lawrence River: founded in 1608 by Champlain; scene of the battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759), by which the British won Canada from the French. Pop: 169 076 (2001)
3.
(communications) a code word for the letter q
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Word Origin and History for québec

Quebec

Canadian French province, from Micmac (Algonquian) /kepe:k/ "strait, narrows." Related: Quebecois (n. and adj.), from French Québecois.

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Quebec definition


Province in eastern Canada, bordered to the east by Newfoundland, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence (an arm of the Atlantic Ocean); to the southeast by New Brunswick and several states of the United States; to the southwest by Ontario; to the west by Ontario and Hudson Bay; and to the north by islands of the Northwest Territories. Its capital is Quebec City, and its largest city is Montreal.

Note: A French colony from 1663 to 1759, Quebec was then lost to the British.
Note: It is Canada's largest province in area and second largest in population, after Ontario.
Note: With French as its official language, Quebec has experienced tensions between its majority French and minority English cultures.
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