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  • A city of eastern Scotland on the Firth of Forth. Originally a small settlement under the protection of a medieval castle, Edinburgh has been Scotland's capital since 1437. It has long been noted as a center of intellectual and cultural activity.

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  • proper noun The capital of Scotland.

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


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From Old English burg, castle, from Proto-Germanic *burgz (“fortress”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrgh (“fortified elevation”). This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.


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  • [181] Tait stated that in Edinburgh many married women living with their husbands in comfortable circumstances, and having children, were found to be acting as prostitutes, that is, in the regular habit of making assignations with strangers (W. Tait, _Magdalenism in Edinburgh_, 1842, p. 16).

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  • Greyfriars, Edinburgh, a full account will be found in Kay's _Edinburgh

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  • NORTH -- Here, James, is one of the best, because most business-like prospectuses I ever read, of a new weekly periodical about to be published in Edinburgh in the middle of November -- the _Edinburgh Literary Journal.

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  • [The poet alludes in this letter to the profits of the Edinburgh edition of his Poems: the exact sum is no where stated, but it could not have been less than seven hundred pounds.] _Edinburgh, March 22d, 1787.

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  • [It has been said in the Life of Burns, that for some time after he went to Edinburgh, he did not visit Dr. Blacklock, whose high opinion of his genius induced him to try his fortune in that city: it will be seen by this letter that he had neglected also, for a time, at least, to write to Dr. Laurie, who introduced him to the Doctor.] _Edinburgh, Feb. 5th, 1787.

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  • EDINBURGH: Ethiopia distance star Kenenisa Bekele could only manage fourth place in the nine kilometre Edinburgh cross-country race as he suffered a rare defeat on Saturday.

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  • EDINBURGH NEWS: The industry should stop obsessing with HBO and celebrate UK drama, which is as good as its US counterpart, a distinguished panel argued here in Edinburgh. 2009

  • EDINBURGH, Scotland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Clippings from a centuries-old yew in Scotland will help form the world's first DNA yew hedge at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, garden officials said.

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