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ˈɔl bə nial·bany

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Albany, capital of New Yorknoun

    state capital of New York; located in eastern New York State on the west bank of the Hudson river

  2. Albanynoun

    a town in southwest Georgia; processing center for peanuts and pecans


  1. Albanynoun

    The capital of the state of New York, United States, population 95,658 (2000 census)

  2. Albanynoun

    A city in Georgia, United States, population 76,939 (2000 census)


  1. albany

    Albany is usually referring to the capital city of New York state in the United States. It is located on the west bank of the Hudson River and is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original thirteen colonies. However, it can refer to several other cities or towns in various countries including Australia, South Africa, and Canada.


  1. Albany

    Albany north of city of New York, Albany sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. The population of the city was 97,856 at the time of the 2010 census. Albany has close ties with the nearby cities of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, forming a region called the Capital District. The bulk of this area is made up of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Its 2010 population was 870,716, the fourth-largest urban area in New York State and the 58th-largest MSA in the country. Albany saw its first European settlement on November 2, 1614 and was officially chartered as a city in 1686. It became the capital of New York in 1797. It is one of the oldest surviving settlements from the original thirteen colonies, and the longest continuously chartered city in the United States. Modern Albany was founded as the Dutch trading posts of Fort Nassau in 1614 and Fort Orange in 1624. The fur trade brought in a population that settled around Fort Orange and founded a village called Beverwijck. The English took over and renamed the city Albany in 1664, in honor of the then Duke of Albany, the future James II of England and James VII of Scotland. The city was officially chartered in 1686 with the issuance of the Dongan Charter, the oldest effective city charter in the United States and possibly the longest-running instrument of municipal government in the Western Hemisphere. Albany is one of the first cities in the world to have installed public water mains, sewer lines, natural gas lines and electricity, bringing substantial new industry to the city and surrounding area during the 19th century. During the late 18th century and throughout most of the 19th, Albany was a center of transportation. It is located on the north end of the navigable Hudson River, was the original eastern terminus of the Erie Canal, and was home to some of the earliest railroad systems in the world. Albany's main exports at the time were beer, lumber, published works, and ironworks. Beginning in 1810, Albany was one of the ten most populous cities in the United States, a distinction that it held until the 1860 census. In the 20th century, the city opened one of the first commercial airports in the world, the precursor of today's Albany International Airport. The 1920s saw the rise of a powerful political machine controlled by the Democratic Party. The city's skyline changed in the 1960s with the construction of the Empire State Plaza and the uptown campus of SUNY Albany, mainly under the direction of Governor Nelson Rockefeller. While Albany experienced a decline in its population due to urban sprawl, many of its historic neighborhoods were saved from destruction through the policies of Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd, the longest-serving mayor of any city in the United States. More recently, the city has experienced growth in the high-technology industry, with great strides in the nanotechnology sector.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Albany

    the old Celtic name for the Scottish highlands.

  2. Albany

    a town in W. Australia, on King George Sound, 261 m. SE. of Perth, a port of call for Australian liners; also the capital (94) of the State of New York, on the Hudson River, a well-appointed city; seat of justice for the State, with a large trade and numerous manufactures.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. albany

    1. A place beyond which Henry Hudson could not go. 2. The lobby of the White House. 3. Famous in history by the biennial meetings of the Blackmailers' Club. 4. Any place wherein a capitol is burned at a pre-established psychological moment. (There is a famous proverb which says, "Those who are in Albany escaped Sing Sing, and those who are in Sing Sing were on their way to Albany.")

Etymology and Origins

  1. Albany

    A commodious range of bachelor chambers in Piccadilly, at one time the residence of Frederick, son of George III., created Duke of York and Albany.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Albany is ranked #38265 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Albany surname appeared 579 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Albany.

    54.2% or 314 total occurrences were White.
    33.6% or 195 total occurrences were Black.
    5.7% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.3% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Albany in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Albany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Albany in a Sentence

  1. Sunny Hostin:

    With all of these revelations, and it’s also a toxic workplace, it’s the bullying that was going on in Albany. It’s just a bridge too far. And I liked the guy, and I thought Chris Cuomo was my friend, but there is way too much toxicity around this entire thing, and it feels like a wrath and a vendetta. It’s up to New Yorkers, I wouldn’t vote for [for Cuomo].

  2. Times Union:

    The Legislative Correspondents Association (LCA), made up of dozens of reporters and editors from various news outlets who cover the state Capitol in Albany, sent a letter Monday requesting Cuomo allow reporters to ask at least one follow-up question; diversify which reporters are selected for questions by taking into account race, ethnicity, gender and age; and alert news outlets at least two hours in advance of his public appearances.

  3. Lindsay Nielsen:

    I think the culture in Albany and in that administration has always been that way, so I know there's a lot of information coming out right now and obviously in the past couple of weeks, but to those of us that were working in Albany and I'm sure those that were in the executive chamber and his staff and his administration, I know to a lot of us that dealt with that side of it, this isn't new stuff, you know what I mean? A lot of people knew him and his staff for this toxic culture in these situations and, I guess we didn't have the same view that the public maybe had with him.

  4. Rich Azzopardi:

    We'll review the suit, but we've been moving heaven and earth and working with the Albany press corps to reduce density in the room and respect social distancing standards as we fight this pandemic.

  5. Paul Begala:

    On the day Mario Cuomo decided not to run for President, the sigh of relief we Clintonites let out was audible from Little Rock all the way to Albany.

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