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ˈsɪr əˌkyus, -ˌkyuzsyra·cuse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Syracusenoun

    a city in central New York

  2. Syracuse, Siracusanoun

    a city in southeastern Sicily that was founded by Corinthians in the 8th century BC

  3. Syracuse, siege of Syracusenoun

    the Roman siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) was eventually won by the Romans who sacked the city (killing Archimedes)

  4. Syracuse, siege of Syracusenoun

    the Athenian siege of Syracuse (415-413 BC) was eventually won by Syracuse


  1. Syracusenoun

    Province of Sicily, Italy.

  2. Syracusenoun

    City and port in the province of Syracuse.

  3. Syracusenoun

    A city in New York state.

  4. Syracusenoun

    Small municipalities, each with less than 2000 inhabitants, in the American states of Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, and Utah.

  5. Syracusenoun

    A type of red wine.

  6. Etymology: Ultimately from Συρακοῦσαι.


  1. syracuse

    Syracuse generally refers to either of the two places: 1) A historic city on the eastern coast of the island of Sicily in Italy, known for its ancient ruins. 2) A city in the state of New York, U.S, which is known for Syracuse University, a major research institution, and its heavy snowfalls. The term 'Syracuse' may sometimes also be used in mathematical context referring to the Collatz conjecture, also known as the Syracuse problem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Syracusenoun

    a red wine of Italy


  1. Syracuse

    Syracuse is a town in Turkey Creek Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,810 at the 2010 census. Syracuse is the location of Lake Syracuse and the nearby, larger Lake Wawasee, in addition to several other lakes in the region.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Syracuse

    1, one of the great cities of antiquity (19), occupied a wide triangular tableland on the SE. coast of Sicily, 80 m. SW. of Messina, and also the small island Ortygia, lying close to the shore; founded by Corinthian settlers about 733 B.C.; amongst its rulers were the tyrants Dionysius the Elder and Dionysius the Younger (q. v.) and Hiero, the patron of Æschylus, Pindar, &c.; successfully resisted the long siege of the Athenians in 414 B.C., and rose to a great pitch of renown after its struggle with the Carthaginians in 397 B.C., but siding with Hannibal in the Punic Wars, was taken after a two years' siege by the Romans (212 B.C.), in whose hands it slowly declined, and finally was sacked and destroyed by the Saracens in 878 A.D. Only the portion on Ortygia was rebuilt, and this constitutes the modern city, which has interesting relics of its former greatness, but is otherwise a crowded and dirty place, surrounded by walls, and fortified; exports fruit, olive-oil, and wine. 2, A city (108) of New York State, United States, 148 m. W. of Albany, in the beautiful valley of Onondaga; is a spacious and handsomely laid-out city, with university, &c.; has flourishing steel-works, foundries, rolling-mills, &c., and enormous salt manufactures.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. syracuse

    (It. Siracusa). Anciently the most famous and powerful city of Sicily, situated on the southeast coast of the island, 80 miles south-southwest from Messina; was founded by a body of Corinthian settlers under Archias, one of the Bacchiadæ, 734 B.C. In 486 a revolution took place and the oligarchic families—Geomori, or Gamori, “land-owners”—were expelled, and the sovereign power was transferred to the citizens at large. Before a year passed, however, Gelon, “despot” of Gela, had restored the exiles, and at the same time made himself master of Syracuse. Hieron, brother of Gelon, raised Syracuse to an unexampled degree of prosperity. Hieron died in 467, and was succeeded by his brother Thrasybulus; but the rapacity and cruelty of the latter soon provoked a revolt among his subjects, which led to his deposition and the establishment of a democratical form of government. The next most important event in the history of Syracuse was the siege of the city by the Athenians, which ended in the total destruction of the great Athenian armament in 413; and Syracuse’s renown at once spread over the whole Greek world. Dionysius restored the “tyranny” of Gelon, and his fierce and victorious war with Carthage (397 B.C.) raised the renown of Syracuse still higher. On the death of Hieron II., his grandson Hieronymus, who succeeded him, espoused the side of the Carthaginians. A Roman army under Marcellus was sent against Syracuse, and after a siege of two years, during which Archimedes assisted his fellow-citizens by the construction of various engines of war, the city was taken by Marcellus in 212. Under the Romans, Syracuse slowly but surely declined. Captured, pillaged, and burned by the Saracens (878) it sunk into complete decay, so that very few traces of its ancient grandeur are now to be seen. It was taken by Count Roger, the Norman, 1088; in the insurrection, Syracuse surrendered to the Neapolitan troops, April 8, 1849.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Syracuse is ranked #38214 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Syracuse surname appeared 580 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Syracuse.

    94.3% or 547 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Syracuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Syracuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Syracuse in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Cuomo:

    The hateful activities at Syracuse University are most disturbing, not only to the Syracuse University community, but to the greater community of New York, they have no been handled in a manner that reflects this states aggressive opposition to such odious, reckless, and reprehensible behavior. That these actions should happen on the campus of a leading New York university makes this situation even worse.

  2. Kent Syverud:

    My kids were threatened... my wife was subjected to many racial epithets, their car tires were slashed, my kids' dog was shot. There was little investigation, those responsible were never found. That was then, that was the South. It was hard for my wife, it was hard for my kids. But this is Syracuse. This is 2019. I do not accept this hatred here and now, this is not who Syracuse is at its best, and is not who we can let ourselves become.

  3. Wilmeth Sidat-Singh:

    Did you see that thing? That’s Sidat-Singh! The Syracuse Walking Dream!

  4. Mark Muhammad:

    I am honored to join the Syracuse City School District Board of Education, we are fortunate to live in a country where we are free to practice the religion we choose ; and to work to help others, regardless of their ethnicity, socio-economic or religious background.

  5. Britton Banowsky:

    Syverud said in a statement. RECRUITING HIT : The NCAA penalties included the reduction of three men's basketball scholarships a year for four years and recruiting restrictions will be enforced for two years. Jim Boeheim has what is regarded as the best recruiting class in Jim Boeheim long tenure coming in the fall. In its decision, The NCAA indicated that Syracuse can delay the scholarship reductions by one year in the case of any student-athletes that have a financial agreement with the university. Syracuse loses only Rakeem Christmas from this year's team and is at the 13-scholarship limit for 2015-16. MIDDLING MAN : The NCAA said several violations involved students and staff. The report added that academic violations stemmed from the director of basketball operations, who was hand-picked by Jim Boeheim to address academic matters and ended up violating academic integrity.'' The rule's pretty clear, the head coach has a duty to monitor activities in his program. Jim Boeheim did dispute that Jim Boeheim should be held accountable. There was controversy over that. It( the charge) was not effectively rebutted at all.

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