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ˈɛd nˌbɜr ə, -ˌbʌr ə; esp. Brit. -brəEdin·burgh

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Edinburghnoun

    the capital of Scotland; located in the Lothian Region on the south side of the Firth of Forth


  1. Edinburghnoun

    The capital of Scotland.

  2. Etymology: From burg, castle, from burgz, from bhrgh.


  1. Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. With a population of 495,360 in 2011, it is the largest settlement in Lothian and lies at the centre of a larger urban zone of approximately 850,000 people. While the town originally formed on the ridge descending from the Castle Rock, the modern city is often said to be built on seven hills. From its prehistoric roots as a hillfort, following periods of Celtic and Germanic influence, Edinburgh became part of the Kingdom of Scotland during the 10th century. With burgh charters granted by David I and Robert the Bruce, Edinburgh grew through the Middle Ages as Scotland’s biggest merchant town. By the time of the European Renaissance and the reign of James IV it was well established as Scotland's capital. The 16th century Scottish Reformation and 18th century Scottish Enlightenment were formative periods in the history of the city, with Edinburgh playing a central role in both. While political power shifted to London following the Treaty of Union in 1707, with devolution in 1997 the city has seen the return of a Scottish parliament. Edinburgh has a high proportion of independent schools, one college and four universities. The University of Edinburgh is the biggest university in Scotland and ranked 21st in the world. These institutions help provide a highly educated population and a dynamic economy. Edinburgh has the UK's strongest economy outside London and was named European Best Large City of the Future for Foreign Direct Investment by fDi Magazine in 2012/13.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Edinburgh

    the capital of Scotland, on the Firth of Forth, picturesquely situated amid surrounding hills; derives its name from Edwin, king of Northumbria in the 7th century; was created a burgh in 1329 by Robert the Bruce, and recognised as the capital in the 15th century, under the Stuarts; it has absorbed in its growth adjoining municipalities; is noted as an educational centre; is the seat of the Supreme Courts; has a university, castle, and royal palace, and the old Scotch Parliament House, now utilised by the Law Courts; brewing and printing are the chief industries, but the upper classes of the citizens are for the most part either professional people or living in retirement.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. edinburgh

    The metropolis of Scotland, situated about 11⁄2 miles from the Firth of Forth. It was taken by the Anglo-Saxons in 482; retaken by the Picts in 695; city fortified and castle rebuilt, 1074; besieged by Donald Bane, 1093. The city was taken by the English in 1296; surrendered to Edward III. in 1356. It was burnt by Richard II., 1385, and by Henry IV., 1401. A British force landed from a fleet of 200 ships, in 1544, and burned Edinburgh. The castle surrendered to Cromwell in 1650. The young Pretender occupied Holyrood September 17, 1745, and the battle of Preston Pans took place September 21, 1745.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Edinburgh

    The fortress or burgh built by Edwin, King of Northumbria. The Scots called it Dunedin.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Edinburgh' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1713

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Edinburgh' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2805

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Edinburgh in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Edinburgh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Edinburgh in a Sentence

  1. Prince William:

    My family’s affection for the Royal Navy is well known, and as I saw the work taking place here today, I was thinking of myGrandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, he would have been fascinated and very excited to see such advances in skills and technology being put into practice.

  2. Gregory Nunn:

    The most touching epitaph I ever encountered was on the tombstone of the printer of Edinburgh. It said simply: He kept down the cost and set the type right.

  3. Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp:

    I am already hearing rumors from contacts in London that big financial companies are instructing lawyers to look at Edinburgh as a hub.

  4. Duke of Cambridge:

    Our grandparents, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, had made support for charity central to their decades of service to the nation and the Commonwealth, the task for us would not be to reinvent the wheel. Instead, our job was to follow the example of those who had come before us, to hold on to the values that have always guided our family, but also to seek to engage in public life in a way that was updated and relevant for our generation.

  5. Buckingham Palace:

    After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license.

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