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

  • The capital of North Carolina, in the east-central part of the state near Durham and Chapel Hill. It was laid out in 1792 and named for Sir Walter Raleigh.
  • Walter,English courtier, navigator, and writer. A favorite of Elizabeth I, he led military campaigns in Ireland and Spain, explored Guiana, attempted to colonize Virginia, and served as governor of Jersey (1600–1603). He was later executed for treason. His literary works include poetry, memoirs, and a world history.

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  • proper noun the county seat of Wake County and the capital of North Carolina
  • proper noun an English place name, surname and given name
  • proper noun Sir Walter Raleigh English explorer and soldier
  • proper noun an English bicycle manufacturer

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

  • noun capital of the state of North Carolina; located in the east central part of the North Carolina
  • noun English courtier (a favorite of Elizabeth I) who tried to colonize Virginia; introduced potatoes and tobacco to England (1552-1618)


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