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ˈbɔl təˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊrbal·ti·more

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Baltimorenoun

    the largest city in Maryland; a major seaport and industrial center


  1. Baltimorenoun

    A city in central Maryland, USA

  2. Etymology: Named after Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore. The first Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland.


  1. Baltimore

    Baltimore ( BAWL-tim-or, locally: bawl-da-MOR or BAWL-mər) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maryland, fourth most populous city in the Mid-Atlantic, and the 30th most populous city in the United States with a population of 585,708 in 2020. Baltimore was designated an independent city by the Constitution of Maryland in 1851, and today is the most populous independent city in the United States. As of 2021, the population of the Baltimore metropolitan area was estimated to be 2,838,327, making it the 20th largest metropolitan area in the country. Baltimore is located about 40 miles (64 km) north northeast of Washington, D.C., making it a principal city in the Washington–Baltimore combined statistical area (CSA), the third-largest CSA in the nation, with a 2021 estimated population of 9,946,526.Prior to European colonization, the Baltimore region was used as hunting grounds by the Susquehannock Native Americans, who were primarily settled further northwest than where the city was later built. Colonists from the Province of Maryland established the Port of Baltimore in 1706 to support the tobacco trade with Europe, and established the Town of Baltimore in 1729. The first printing press and newspapers were introduced to Baltimore by Nicholas Hasselbach and William Goddard respectively, in the mid-18th century. The Battle of Baltimore was a pivotal engagement during the War of 1812, culminating in the failed British bombardment of Fort McHenry, during which Francis Scott Key wrote a poem that would become "The Star-Spangled Banner", which was eventually designated as the American national anthem in 1931. During the Pratt Street Riot of 1861, the city was the site of some of the earliest violence associated with the American Civil War. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the oldest railroad in the United States, was built in 1830 and cemented Baltimore's status as a major transportation hub, giving producers in the Midwest and Appalachia access to the city's port. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States. In addition, Baltimore was a major manufacturing center. After a decline in major manufacturing, heavy industry, and restructuring of the rail industry, Baltimore has shifted to a service-oriented economy. Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University are the city's top two employers. Baltimore and its surrounding region are home to the headquarters of a number of major organizations and government agencies, including the NAACP, ABET, the National Federation of the Blind, Catholic Relief Services, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, World Relief, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Social Security Administration. Baltimore is also home to the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball and the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. Many of Baltimore's neighborhoods have rich histories. The city is home to some of the earliest National Register Historic Districts in the nation, including Fell's Point, Federal Hill, and Mount Vernon. These were added to the National Register between 1969 and 1971, soon after historic preservation legislation was passed. Baltimore has more public statues and monuments per capita than any other city in the country. Nearly one third of the city's buildings (over 65,000) are designated as historic in the National Register, which is more than any other U.S. city. Baltimore has 66 National Register Historic Districts and 33 local historic districts. The historical records of the government of Baltimore are located at the Baltimore City Archives.


  1. baltimore

    Baltimore is a city located in the state of Maryland, United States. It's the largest city in the state and is notable for its rich history, distinctive architecture and as the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." It's also known for its harbor and for its arts scene, being home to a major art museum and numerous music and film festivals. Baltimore is also known for its professional sports teams, including the Baltimore Orioles (baseball) and the Baltimore Ravens (football). Additionally, it's the location of the prestigious Johns Hopkins University and its associated hospital.


  1. Baltimore

    Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland and the 24th largest city in the country. It is located in the central area of the state along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. The independent city is often referred to as Baltimore City to distinguish it from surrounding Baltimore County. Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States and is situated closer to Midwestern markets than any other major seaport on the East Coast. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center. After a decline in manufacturing, Baltimore shifted to a service-oriented economy, with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University serving as the city's top two employers. At 621,342 as of July 1, 2012, the population of Baltimore increased by 1,100 residents over the previous year ending over six decades of population loss since its peak in 1950. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area has grown steadily to approximately 2.7 million residents in 2010; the 20th largest in the country. Baltimore is also a principal city in the larger Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area of approximately 8.4 million residents.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Baltimore

    bal′tim-ōr, n. a finch-like perching bird of the starling family, very common in North America, called also Baltimore oriole, Fire-bird, &c. [From Lord Baltimore, whose livery was orange and black—its colour.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Baltimore

    the metropolis of Maryland, on an arm of Chesapeake Bay, 250 m. from the Atlantic; is picturesquely situated; not quite so regular in design as most American cities, but noted for its fine architecture and its public monuments. It is the seat of the John Hopkins University. The industries are varied and extensive, including textiles, flour, tobacco, iron, and steel. The staple trade is in bread-stuffs; the exports, grain, flour, and tobacco.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. baltimore

    The chief city in Maryland, situated at the head of navigation on the Patapsco River; it was founded in 1729. On September 12, 1814, the British army under Col. Ross advanced against this place. He was killed in a skirmish, and the command was assumed by Col. Brooke, who attacked and routed the American army, which lost 600 killed and wounded, and 300 prisoners. The projected attack on the town was, however, abandoned.

  2. baltimore

    (Ireland). A decayed town; early in the 17th century, the Algerine pirates plundered the town, carrying away 200 prisoners.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Baltimore

    After Lord Baltimore, the founder of the neighbouring state of Maryland.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Baltimore is ranked #13944 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Baltimore surname appeared 2,165 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Baltimore.

    61.5% or 1,332 total occurrences were Black.
    31.8% or 690 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 76 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 52 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Baltimore in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Baltimore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Baltimore in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Walker:

    They really haven't gotten public attention, and that has really changed since Baltimore, but I think it's going to come up a lot more. We've really reached a critical turning point, and there's some momentum already built up.

  2. Daniel Tobok:

    Whats frustrating with Baltimore is that its been quite a long time since the infection, if they arent fully operational by now, why are they still playing with this?

  3. Michael Harrison:

    With the kind of violent crime we see here in Baltimore, the number of homicides and shootings, we see people's willingness to use those guns only because they made a conscious decision to carry them unlawfully. This decision now exponentially exacerbates that problem.

  4. Baltimore Police Department:

    This week’s heinous incidents were another tragic reminder of the culture of violence that pervades Baltimore City, as I said last night, those who commit these violent, brazen and cowardly acts in our city will be held to account. Harrison thanked local, state and federal partners who aided in the investigation and said he received a call from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who.

  5. Wes Moores:

    It was in Baltimore City.

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