from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of southeast Texas near Galveston Bay. Founded in 1836 and named for Sam Houston, the city developed as a cotton market in the 1800s. It is now a major port and commercial center known for its aerospace and petroleum industries.
  • Samuel,American soldier and politician who fought in the Texan struggle for independence from Mexico and became president of the Republic of Texas (1836–1838 and 1841–1844). When Texas was admitted to the Union, he served as US senator (1845–1859) and governor (1859–1861).

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  • proper noun A habitational surname.
  • proper noun A city in Texas, USA, named after Sam Houston.
  • proper noun Any of a number of other places in the English-speaking world.
  • proper noun A male given name of mainly American usage, transferred from the surname.

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  • noun the largest city in Texas; located in southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico; site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • noun United States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)


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Originally from a place near Glasgow, from the Middle English equivalent of ""Hugh's town".


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