Co·​lum·​bia | \ kə-ˈləm-bē-ə How to pronounce Columbia (audio) \

Definition of Columbia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the United States


geographical name
Co·​lum·​bia | \ kə-ˈləm-bē-ə How to pronounce Columbia (audio) \

Definition of Columbia (Entry 2 of 2)

1 river 1214 miles (1953 kilometers) long in southwestern Canada and the northwestern part of the U.S. rising in southeastern British Columbia and flowing south and west into the Pacific
2 planned city in central Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. population 99,615
3 city north of Jefferson City in central Missouri population 108,500
4 city on the Congaree River in west central South Carolina population 129,272

Note: Columbia is the state capital of South Carolina.

5 city in central Tennessee south-southwest of Nashville population 34,681

Other Words from Columbia

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Columbian \ kə-​ˈləm-​bē-​ən How to pronounce Columbia (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of Columbia


1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Columbia


New Latin, from Christopher Columbus

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“Columbia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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