What does Cambridge mean?

Definitions for Cambridge
ˈkeɪm brɪdʒcam·bridge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cambridge University, Cambridgenoun

    a university in England

  2. Cambridgenoun

    a city in Massachusetts just to the north of Boston; site of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  3. Cambridgenoun

    a city in eastern England on the River Cam; site of Cambridge University


  1. Cambridgenoun

    A city in England famous for its university.

  2. Cambridgenoun

    Cambridge University.

    He went to Cambridge, you know.

  3. Cambridgenoun

    A city in Massachusetts, United States famous for being the location of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  1. Cambridge

    Cambridge ( KAYM-brij) is a university city and the county town in Cambridgeshire, England. It is located on the River Cam approximately 55 miles (89 km) north of London. As of the 2021 United Kingdom census, the population of Cambridge was 145,700. Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age. The first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although modern city status was not officially conferred until 1951. The city is most famous as the home of the University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209 and consistently ranks among the best universities in the world. The buildings of the university include King's College Chapel, Cavendish Laboratory, and the Cambridge University Library, one of the largest legal deposit libraries in the world. The city's skyline is dominated by several college buildings, along with the spire of the Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, and the chimney of Addenbrooke's Hospital. Anglia Ruskin University, which evolved from the Cambridge School of Art and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, also has its main campus in the city. Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology Silicon Fen, which contains industries such as software and bioscience and many start-up companies born out of the university. Over 40 per cent of the workforce have a higher education qualification, more than twice the national average. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the largest biomedical research clusters in the world includes the headquarters of AstraZeneca, a hotel, and the relocated Royal Papworth Hospital.The first game of association football took place at Parker's Piece. The Strawberry Fair music and arts festival and Midsummer Fair are held on Midsummer Common, and the annual Cambridge Beer Festival takes place on Jesus Green. The city is adjacent to the M11 and A14 roads. Cambridge station is less than an hour from London King's Cross railway station.


  1. cambridge

    Cambridge is a city located in the East of England, famous worldwide for the University of Cambridge which has been in existence for more than 800 years. The city is also known for its stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, parks, and its significant contribution to science and technology through the Silicon Fen area. The name Cambridge can also refer to other cities named after it, such as Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States which is home to another world famous university, Harvard, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  1. Cambridge

    The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It lies in East Anglia, on the River Cam, about 50 miles north of London. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, its population was 108,863, and was estimated to be 130,000 in mid-2010. There is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area during the Bronze Age and Roman times; under Viking rule Cambridge became an important trading centre. The first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although city status was not conferred until 1951. Cambridge is most widely known as the home of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 and consistently ranked one of the top five universities in the world. The university includes the renowned Cavendish Laboratory, King's College Chapel, and the Cambridge University Library. The Cambridge skyline is dominated by the last two buildings, along with the chimney of Addenbrooke's Hospital in the far south of the city and St John's College Chapel tower. Today, Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen – a play on Silicon Valley and the fens surrounding the city. Its economic strengths lie in industries such as software and bioscience, many start-up companies having been spun out of the university. Over 40% of the workforce have a higher education qualification, more than twice the national average.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cambridge

    county town of Cambridgeshire, stands in flat country, on the Cam, 28 m. NE. of London; an ancient city, with interesting archæological remains; there are some fine buildings, the oldest round church in England, Holy Sepulchre, and a Roman Catholic church. The glory of the city is the University, founded in the 12th century, with its colleges housed in stately buildings, chapels, libraries, museums, &c., which shares with Oxford the academic prestige of England. It lays emphasis on mathematical, as Oxford on classical, culture. Among its eminent men have been Bacon, Newton, Cromwell, Pitt, Thackeray, Spenser, Milton, Dryden, Wordsworth, and Tennyson.

  2. Cambridge

    a suburb of Boston, U.S., one of the oldest towns in New England; seat of Harvard University; the centre of the book-making trade; here Longfellow resided for many years.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cambridge

    The Roman Camboricum and the Saxon Granta; a town of England, in Cambridgeshire. It was burned by the Danes in 870 and 1010. Roger de Montgomery destroyed it with fire and sword, to be revenged of King William Rufus. During Wat Tyler’s and Jack Straw’s rebellion, the rebels entered the town, seized the University records and burned them in the market-place, 1381.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Cambridge

    From the bridge over the Cam, or “crooked” river. See “Cantab.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cambridge is ranked #17559 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cambridge surname appeared 1,602 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cambridge.

    50.7% or 813 total occurrences were Black.
    34.8% or 558 total occurrences were White.
    8.3% or 134 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.8% or 46 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 44 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cambridge' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2816

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cambridge' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3177

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cambridge in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cambridge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Cambridge in a Sentence

  1. Kensington Palace:

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George ahead of Prince George eighth birthday tomorrow.

  2. E. M. Forster:

    Oxford is -- Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.

  3. Kensington Palace:

    Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving St. Mary's Hospital this evening.

  4. Met Office:

    The temperature recorded yesterday at Cambridge University Botanic Garden will require quality control and analysis over the next few days and if validated, would become the highest temperature officially recorded in the UK.

  5. Susanne Roff:

    There was an awful lot of sympathy for the Soviet Union during the war and post war years, there was a considerable number of communists, socialists and fellow travelers in the upper echelons of British diplomacy and other fields, particularly in the laboratories of Cambridge.

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