What does London mean?

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ˈlʌn dənlon·don

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. London, Greater London, British capital, capital of the United Kingdomnoun

    the capital and largest city of England; located on the Thames in southeastern England; financial and industrial and cultural center

  2. London, Jack London, John Griffith Chaneynoun

    United States writer of novels based on experiences in the Klondike gold rush (1876-1916)


  1. Londonnoun

    The capital city of the United Kingdom and of England, situated near the mouth of the River Thames in southeast England, with a metropolitan population of more than 12,000,000.

  2. Londonnoun

    A city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with a population of approximately 300,000.

  3. Londonnoun

    A city in Ohio, USA, with a population of approximately 9,000.

  4. Londonnoun

    A city in Kentucky, USA, with a population of approximately 8,000.

  5. Londonnoun

    A city in Arkansas, USA, with a population of approximately 900.

  6. Londonnoun

    A city in California, USA, with a population of approximately 1,800.

  7. Londonnoun

    A community in Texas, USA, with a population of approximately 180.

  8. Londonnoun

    A community in West Virginia, USA.

  9. Londonnoun

    A settlement in Kiribati, on Easter Island.

  10. Londonnoun

    A habitational surname for someone from London

  11. Etymology: From Londinium


  1. London

    London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a 50-mile (80 km) estuary down to the North Sea, and has been a major settlement for two millennia. The City of London, its ancient core and financial centre, was founded by the Romans as Londinium and retains boundaries close to its medieval ones. Since the 19th century, "London" has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire, which largely comprises Greater London, governed by the Greater London Authority. The City of Westminster, to the west of the City of London, has for centuries held the national government and parliament. London, as one of the world's global cities, exerts strong influence on its arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, health care, media, tourism, and communications, and has sometimes been called the capital of the world. Its GDP (€801.66 billion in 2017) makes it the biggest urban economy in Europe, and it is one of the major financial centres in the world. In 2019 it had the second-highest number of ultra high-net-worth individuals in Europe after Paris and the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in Europe after Moscow. With Europe's largest concentration of higher education institutions, it includes Imperial College London in natural and applied sciences, the London School of Economics in social sciences, and the comprehensive University College London. The city is home to the most 5-star hotels of any city in the world. In 2012, London became the first city to host three Summer Olympic Games.London's diverse cultures encompass over 300 languages. The mid-2018 population of Greater London of about 9 million made it Europe's third-most populous city, accounting for 13.4% of the population of the United Kingdom. Greater London Built-up Area is the fourth-most populous in Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow and Paris, with about 9.8 million inhabitants at the 2011 census. The London metropolitan area is the third-most populous in Europe after Istanbul's and Moscow's, with about 14 million inhabitants in 2016, granting London the status of a megacity. London has four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the combined Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church; and also the historic settlement in Greenwich, where the Royal Observatory, Greenwich defines the Prime Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. It has numerous museums, galleries, libraries and sporting venues, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest rapid transit system in the world.


  1. london

    London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom, known for its rich history, diverse cultural offerings, and significant economic influence. It is a major global hub for finance, fashion, the arts, education, entertainment, and commerce. Notable landmarks include the Houses of Parliament, British Museum, Tower of London, Tate Modern, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye, among others. It also hosts a diverse population, representing various cultures and ethnicities from around the world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Londonnoun

    the capital city of England


  1. London

    London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. It is the largest city, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and by most measures also in the European Union. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London's ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its square-mile mediaeval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, the name London has also referred to the metropolis developed around this core. The bulk of this conurbation forms the London region and the Greater London administrative area, governed by the elected Mayor of London and the London Assembly. London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is one of the world's leading financial centres and has the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world depending on measurement. London has been described as a world cultural capital. It is the world's most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the world's largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. London's 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. London

    on the Thames, 50 m. from the sea, the capital of the British Empire, is the most populous and wealthiest city in the world. An important place in Roman times, it was the cap. of the East Saxons, and has been the metropolis of England since the Norman Conquest; it possesses, therefore, innumerable historic buildings and associations. Often devastated by plague and fire, its progress has never been stayed; its population has more than quadrupled itself this century, and more than doubled since 1850. The City of London proper occupies one square mile in the centre, is wholly a commercial part, and is governed by an annually elected mayor and aldermen; is the seat of a bishopric, with St. Paul's for cathedral. The City of Westminster is also a bishopric under a high steward and high bailiff, chosen by the dean and chapter. These two cities, with twenty-five boroughs under local officers, constitute the metropolis, and since 1888 the county of the city of London, and send 59 members to Parliament. Streets in the older parts are narrow, but newer districts are well built; the level ground and density of building detracts from the effect of innumerable magnificent edifices. Buckingham, Kensington, and St. James's are royal residences; the Houses of Parliament are the biggest Gothic building in the world; St. Paul's, built by Sir Christopher Wren, contains the remains of Nelson and Wellington, Reynolds, Turner, and Wren himself. Westminster, consecrated 1269, is the burial-place of England's greatest poets and statesmen, and of many kings; the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand were opened in 1882. London has a University (an examining body), 700 colleges and endowed schools, among which Westminster, Christ's Hospital, and the Charterhouse are famous, many medical hospitals, and schools and charitable institutions of all kinds. London is the centre of the English literary and artistic world, and of scientific interest and research; here are the largest publishing houses, the chief libraries and art-galleries, and museums; the British Museum and Library, the National Galleries, &c., and magnificent botanical and zoological gardens. London is also a grand emporium of commerce, and the banking centre of the world. It has nine principal docks; its shipping trade is unrivalled, 55,000 vessels enter and clear annually; it pays more than half the custom duties of the kingdom, and handles more than a quarter of the total exports; its warehouse trade is second only to that of Manchester; it manufactures everything, chiefly watches, jewellery, leather goods, cycles, pianos, and glass. The control of traffic, the lighting, and water-supply of so large a city are causing yearly more serious problems.

  2. London

    the cap. of Middlesex county, Ontario, near the S. end of the peninsula, in the middle of a fertile district, and a rising place.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. london

    The capital and chief city of the British empire, stands on both banks of the Thames, about 60 miles from the sea. It appears first in history under the reign of Claudius, and it was fortified under Constantine the Great. Boadicea, queen of the Iceni, reduced London to ashes, and put 70,000 Romans and strangers to the sword in 61; it was rebuilt and walled in by the Romans in 306; pillaged by the Danes in 839. In 1875 its population was 3,445,160.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. London

    This name claims the same origin as “Lincoln,” the first rude habitations beside the Thames being situated on the rising ground now known as Tower Hill.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, London is ranked #2249 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The London surname appeared 16,195 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname London.

    55.9% or 9,059 total occurrences were White.
    37.8% or 6,135 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 450 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 364 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 94 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 92 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'London' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #225

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'London' in Written Corpus Frequency: #641

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of London in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of London in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of London in a Sentence

  1. Adrian Gardner:

    London Metal Exchange's strange and sad, london Metal Exchange's not good for The LME or the metal industry. London Metal Exchange's not good for the principle of trading or for the principal of free market economics.

  2. Guy Lynch:

    Years later, people look back upon their darkest day and say -- as Churchill said of London's war years -- 'This was our finest hour.' In a tough spot right now You may be on the very edge of winning

  3. Bertolt Brecht:

    On thinking about Hell, I gather My brother Shelley found it was a place Much like the city of London. I Who live in Los Angeles and not in London Find, on thinking about Hell, that it must be Still more like Los Angeles.

  4. Eliud Kipchoge:

    I don't have regrets. In any sport, the feeling of regret is a sign of indiscipline. London has passed, basically London is over.”

  5. Brianna Glenn:

    I have people going to London next month, and they ’ll come to me and ask me about cancelling, and what are the risks. I ’ll discuss it with them, but we have to be realistic and understanding that safety ca n’t be accurately predicted. We have to be sensible about risks, but I don’t want them to cheat themselves and live inside a safety bubble. One of the biggest terrorist attacks in London occurred July 7, 2005. Sometimes referred to as 7/7, the series of synchronized terroristsuicide bombings in the central city targeted civilians usingthe public transport systemduring rush hour. But more recently, France -- another major destination for American tourists -- has been hit hard by a series of devastating attacks. After the 2016 attacks in Nice, France, Brianna Glenn said she had one cancellation -- but that client wasn't even traveling to France. Sometimes it’s irrational, Glenn admitted but still, she recommends that all travelers purchase travel insurance for big trips. I’ve had people change routes of flights to avoid certain airports. Wednesday’s tragic event took place in one of London’s most populated areas, near Parliament Square. Steve Born, vice president of marketing for the Globus Family of Brands, told Fox News that across Steve Born company they currently have 69 guests in London, and all are accounted for in their home base hotels. A few guests are staying near the location of the attack.

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