What does Boston mean?

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ˈbɔ stən, ˈbɒs tənbos·ton

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Boston, Hub of the Universe, Bean Town, Beantown, capital of Massachusettsnoun

    state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services


  1. Bostonnoun

    The capital and largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in the northeastern United States.

  2. Bostonnoun

    A town in Lincolnshire, England.

  3. Bostonnoun

    An eighteenth-century trick-taking card game for four players, with two packs of fifty-two cards each.


  1. Boston

    Boston (US: ), officially the City of Boston, is the state capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the cultural and financial center of the New England region of the United States. It is the 24th-most populous city in the country. The city boundaries encompass an area of about 48.4 sq mi (125 km2) and a population of 675,647 as of 2020. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest MSA in the country. A broader combined statistical area (CSA), generally corresponding to the commuting area and including Providence, Rhode Island, is home to approximately 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in America, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from the English town of the same name. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution and the nation's founding, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the siege of Boston. Upon American independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture. The city has expanded beyond the original peninsula through land reclamation and municipal annexation. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing more than 20 million visitors per year. Boston's many firsts include the United States' first public park (Boston Common, 1634), first public or state school (Boston Latin School, 1635) first subway system (Tremont Street subway, 1897), and first large public library (Boston Public Library, 1848). Today, Boston is a center of scientific research; the area's many colleges and universities, notably Harvard and MIT, make it a world leader in higher education, including law, medicine, engineering and business, and the city is considered to be a global pioneer in innovation and entrepreneurship, with nearly 5,000 startups. Boston's economic base also includes finance, professional and business services, biotechnology, information technology, and government activities. Boston is a hub for LGBT culture and LGBT activism in the United States. Households in the city claim the highest average rate of philanthropy in the United States. Boston businesses and institutions rank among the top in the country for environmental sustainability and new investment.


  1. boston

    Boston is the capital city of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded in 1630, and is known for its significant role in the American Revolution. Boston is also home to various prestigious universities and colleges such as Harvard and MIT. It is recognized for its cultural facilities and historical landmarks like the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Fenway Park, and the Freedom Trail. The city is also known for its famous seafood cuisine, particularly clam chowder, lobster, and fish and chips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bostonnoun

    a game at cards, played by four persons, with two packs of fifty-two cards each; -- said to be so called from Boston, Massachusetts, and to have been invented by officers of the French army in America during the Revolutionary war


  1. Boston

    Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Boston's best-known works include the songs "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Foreplay/Long Time", "Rock and Roll Band", "Smokin'", "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda." They have sold over 31 million albums in the United States, of which 17 million are their self-titled debut album and 7 million are their second album, Don't Look Back.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boston

    bost′on, n. a game at cards, somewhat similar to whist. [From Boston in Mass., U.S.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Boston

    a Lincolnshire seaport, on the Witham, 30 m. SE. of Lincoln; exports coal, machinery, corn, and wool, and imports timber and general goods. There is a large cattle and sheep market, also canvas and sail-cloth works. Fox, the martyrologist, was a native. It has a spacious church, which is a conspicuous landmark and beacon at sea.

  2. Boston

    on Massachusetts Bay, is the capital of Massachusetts and the chief city of New England, one of the best-built and best-appointed cities of the Union. With an excellent harbour and eight converging railways it is an emporium of trade, and very wealthy. Sugar, wool, hides, and chemicals are imported; farm produce, cattle, cotton, and tobacco exported; boot and shoe making is one of many varied industries. The many educational institutions and its interest in literature and art have won for it the title of American Athens. Among famous natives were Franklin, Poe, and Emerson; while most American men of letters have been associated with it. The Boston riots of 1770 and 1773 were the heralds of the revolution, and the first battle was fought at Bunker Hill, not far off, now included in it.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. boston

    A city and capital of Massachusetts, situated on the west side of Massachusetts Bay, at the mouth of Charles River. It was built about 1627. Here originated that resistance to the British authorities which led to American independence. The act of Parliament laying duties on tea, papers, colors, etc. (passed June, 1767), so excited the indignation of the citizens of Boston, that they destroyed several hundred chests of tea, December 16, 1773. Boston seaport was shut by the English Parliament, until restitution should be made to the East India Company for the tea lost, March 25, 1774. The town was besieged by the British next year, and 400 houses were destroyed. A battle between the royalist and independent troops, in which the latter were defeated, took place June 17, 1775; the city was evacuated by the king’s troops, April, 1776. The inhabitants were very zealous against slavery in 1861.

Editors Contribution

  1. Boston

    1) a seaport in and the capital of Massachusetts, in the E part. 2) (lowercase) a variety of whist, popular in the early 19th century, played by four persons with two packs of cards. 3) (usually lowercase) a social dance that is a modification of the waltz. 4) a card game for four, played with two packs 5) mainly US a slow gliding dance, a variation of the waltz

    A tense commute to work in Houston will start to resemble a tense commute in Boston or New York City.

    Etymology: The trick has been to create nonstops from cities like Boston that were under-served.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 30, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Boston

    Short for St Botolph’s Town. “The stump” of the church is seen from afar across the Boston Deeps.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Boston is ranked #2309 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Boston surname appeared 15,814 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Boston.

    52.6% or 8,328 total occurrences were White.
    40.8% or 6,462 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 440 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 380 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 125 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 82 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Boston in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Boston in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Boston in a Sentence

  1. Meagan Glover:

    After three months in the NICU we decided we needed a higher level of care so we flew him to Boston Children’s Hospital and we have him on an experimental drug that saved his liver and save his life, it wouldn’t have been possible to get to Boston without MedGift.

  2. Hassan Whiteside:

    I think that loss in Boston helped us a lot, it made us have a better understanding of what it takes to get stops and to score when times get stressful.

  3. Cassandra Keck:

    He was like, 'You know, no one believes I have this disease,' but he believed he did and I believed him and so he told me, he's like, 'If I ever die, I want my brain donated to Boston University,'.

  4. Julian Edelman:

    We’re very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the Michigan cops were all over it. thankfully, this kid said something.

  5. Bob Watson:

    Bob Watson has battled health issues since Bob Watson retired as a player in 1984, according to the paper. The former first baseman and outfielder has reportedly battled circulatory issues, hypertension and was successfully treated for prostate cancer. Bob Watson played 21 years in the majors with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. The Yankees ’ 1996 championship made Bob Watson the first African-American general manager to see Bob Watson club win a World Series. Ten months ago, the doctors told me I could have two years or 12. Well now I’ve gotten to the point where every day I ’m still here is a blessing.

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