Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A community of north-central Maryland west-southwest of Baltimore. It is mainly residential. Population: 88,200.
  • A city of central Missouri north-northwest of Jefferson City. The main campus of the University of Missouri (established 1839) is here. Population: 94,400.
  • The capital and largest city of South Carolina, in the central part of the state. It was chosen as the site of the new state's capital in 1786. Population: 120,000.
  • n. The United States.
  • CapeColumbia A cape on the northern coast of Ellesmere Island. It is the northernmost point of Canada.
  • District ofColumbia See District of Columbia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. America; the United States; an appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer.
  • proper n. The female personification of the USA.
  • proper n. The capital and largest city of South Carolina.
  • proper n. A city in Missouri
  • proper n. Shortened form of Columbia University.
  • proper n. Columbia Rediviva, a famous American sailing ship
  • proper n. The space shuttle Columbia, named after the sailing ship

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. America; the United States; -- a poetical appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a town in west central Tennessee
  • n. capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina
  • n. a university in New York City
  • n. a university town in central Missouri
  • n. a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring

Etymologies

After Christopher Columbus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Christopher Columbus, the latinized name (whether from Italian (Colombo?), Spanish Colón or still another Romance language is disputed) of the European Renaissance (re?)discoverer of the Americas. (Wiktionary)

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  • RICHARD BULLIET, PROFESSOR, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: It's an educational benefit for the Columbia community to be able to have a firsthand acquaintance with the man.

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  • COLUMBIA - None of the more than 30 people who attended the Citizens Police Review Board meeting Wednesday night - including two California residents who filed the first appeal the board received - were allowed to speak before the body made its decision regarding a February raid by the Columbia SWAT team.

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  • COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Bar Ask-A-Lawyer program, which coordinates volunteer lawyers in a regional effort to assist the public with its legal questions, will be held in Columbia on Tuesday.

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  • COLUMBIA - A Middle Tennessee horseback rider was jailed after being charged with running into a crowd of people at the Mule Day festivities in Columbia.

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  • COLUMBIA - A Columbia hospital is offering free stroke screenings next week as part of a month long awareness campaign.

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  • COLUMBIA - This school year, students at Columbia public schools were allowed to identify as multiracial, but the school district won't begin using the collected data until next school year.

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  • COLUMBIA ­ - The Columbia Police Department released a scam alert after three reports of suspicious activity in southwest Columbia.

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  • COLUMBIA - It was the spring of 1949, and there were rumblings in Columbia.

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