noun \ˈbs-tən\

Definition of BOSTON

:  a variation of whist played with two decks of cards
[Boston, Massachusetts] :  a dance somewhat like a waltz

Origin of BOSTON

French, from Boston, Massachusetts
First Known Use: 1800


geographical name \ˈbs-tən\

Definition of BOSTON

city & port of Massachusetts on Massachusetts Bay pop 617,594
port E England in SE Lincolnshire in Parts of Holland pop 52,600
Bos·to·nian \b-ˈstō-nē-ən, -nyən\ adjective or noun


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Seaport city (pop., 2000: 589,141), capital of Massachusetts, U.S. Located on Massachusetts Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the state's largest city. Settled in 1630 by Puritan Englishmen of the Massachusetts Bay Company, Boston became the hub of the self-governing Massachusetts Bay Colony under the leadership of Gov. John Winthrop. At the forefront of the opposition to British trade restrictions on its American colonies, Boston was a locus of events leading to the American Revolution: it was the scene of the Boston Massacre (1770) and Boston Tea Party (1773). It was the centre for the antislavery movement (1830–65). As the Industrial Revolution took hold in the U.S., Boston grew as an important manufacturing and textile centre. Today financial and high-technology industries are basic to the economy of the Boston area. Numerous institutions of higher education are located there, including Boston University. See also Cambridge.


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