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ˌfɪl əˈdɛl fi əPhil·a·del·phia

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Lovenoun

    the largest city in Pennsylvania; located in the southeastern part of the state on the Delaware river; site of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; site of the University of Pennsylvania


  1. Philadelphianoun

    Largest city in Pennsylvania, located in southeastern part of the state along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Site of the Independence Hall; former capitol of United States. Nicknamed "City of Brotherly Love"

    Etymology: From Φιλαδέλφεια, from φιλέω + ἀδελφός

  2. Philadelphianoun

    A town in Mississippi, United States.

    Etymology: From Φιλαδέλφεια, from φιλέω + ἀδελφός


  1. Philadelphia

    Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. It is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, and it is the only consolidated city-county in Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 1,526,006, growing to 1,547,607 in 2012 by Census estimates. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley, home to over 6 million people and the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area. Within the Delaware Valley, the Philadelphia metropolitan division consists of five counties in Pennsylvania and has a population of 4,008,994. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia are Philly and The City of Brotherly Love, the latter of which comes from the literal meaning of the city's name in Greek. In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. During the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and railroad hub that grew from an influx of European immigrants. It became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration and surpassed two million occupants by 1950.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Philadelphia

    largest city in Pennsylvania, on the Delaware, 100 m. from the sea and 90 m. by rail SW. of New York; is the third city in the Union in population, manufactures, and commerce, regularly built with plain substantial dwelling-houses; recently more splendid public buildings have been erected, the town-hall, of white marble, is the second highest structure in the world; a masonic temple and Government offices of granite and the Mint are also fine buildings; there is a university and colleges of science, medicine, art, and music, many churches, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and many hospitals and charitable institutions; the industries include locomotive building, saw-making, woollen and cotton goods, sugar and oil refining, and chemical works; it trades largely in coal. Founded by William Penn in 1682, it was the central point of the War of Independence; the first Congress met here, and the Declaration of Independence was signed (1776) in a building still standing; here too the Federal Union was signed (1778) and the constitution drawn up (1787), and from 1790 to 1800 it was the capital of the United States.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. philadelphia

    A city and metropolis of Pennsylvania, situated between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. The city was settled and planned by William Penn in 1682, and its name (City of Brotherly Love) given through the Society of Friends, of whom he was the great leader in America. It had a prominent position in the Revolution, and was in possession of the British troops after the disastrous battles of Brandywine and Germantown, until 1778. Being the second city of the United States in wealth and importance, it has been ever forward in promoting her interests.

Rap Dictionary

  1. philadelphianoun

    Philadelphia is a city 40 miles from NYC and next to crime ridden Camden, NJ. It is home of Schoolly D, Da Youngstas, The Fresh Prince, Tuff Crew, The Roots, Cassidy, Reed Dollaz, Gillie da Kid, Joey Jihad, Meek Mill, DJ Ghetto, Bahamadia, Eve, Ness, Freeway and boxing legend Bernard Hopkins. Philly now leeds the USA's 10 most populous cities in poverty and in vilent crime rates including murder. Statisticly you are about 4 times more likely to get murdered in Philly than NYC. North, west, and southwest philly are the most dangorous neighborhoods in the city. Hartranft is a neighborhood in the central part of North Philly, it is home to The Badlands, a name coined by the narc division of the Philly Police for the area between 4th and Cambria St through 9th and Indiana St. This section of the city is considered to be one of the most drug and crime infested areas in Philly, as well as the the county.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Philadelphia

    Expresses the Greek for “city of brotherly love.” This name was happily chosen by William Penn for the capital of his Quaker colony in the New World.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Philadelphia in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Philadelphia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Philadelphia in a Sentence

  1. Joe Sullivan:

    Like most police departments, Philadelphia is having a very hard time recruiting new applicants, we’ve seen a mass exodus of officers to early retirement and transferring laterally to other police departments, so the police department is severely understaffed right now, meaning there’s also very little proactive policing going on.

  2. Jay Myers:

    Many people think that ‘Black Friday’ comes from the idea that it’s a highly profitable day for retailers, one where they’re getting ‘out of the red’ and ‘into the black,’ the term didn’t actually originate from retailers. Philadelphia police officers first used the term ‘Black Friday’ in the 1960s to describe the day after Thanksgiving, when a flurry of tourists came into the city to shop, causing traffic jams and accidents.

  3. Richard VanVranken:

    It was about everything in New Jersey being ripe for the picking for New York and Philadelphia. That drives a lot of what we do, being able to serve the huge markets that we're right in the middle of.

  4. Doug Pederson:

    I was looking forward to going down. Obviously, you know we did something last season that was very special. It’s a milestone here in the city of Philadelphia, our organization and I was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions, it is what it is. We are here today, we’ve got an OTA [organized team activity] practice in these next couple days getting through next week and onto training camp. So that’s where we are at.

  5. Philadelphia City Councilmember Derek Green:

    The two-year-old measure, offered as a vehicle to help drive diversity within the City's police force, has been a hindrance in addressing critical staffing shortages within both the Philadelphia City Police and Prisons Departments.

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