communications code word
Que·​bec | \ kwi-ˈbek How to pronounce Quebec (audio) also ki- \

Definition of Quebec

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter q


geographical name
Que·​bec | \ kwi-ˈbek How to pronounce Quebec (audio) , ki- \
variants: or Québec \ kā-​ˈbek How to pronounce Quebec (audio) \

Definition of Quebec (Entry 2 of 2)

1 province of eastern Canada extending from Hudson Bay to the Gaspé Peninsula and bordering the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York area 523,763 square miles (1,356,547 square kilometers), population 7,903,001
2 city that is a port on the Saint Lawrence River and is the capital of the province of Quebec population 516,622

Other Words from Quebec

Geographical name

Quebecer or Quebecker \ kwi-​ˈbe-​kər How to pronounce Quebec (audio) , ki-​ \ noun

First Known Use of Quebec

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Quebec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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