Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southeast Nevada near the California and Arizona borders. It is a major tourist center known for its casinos. Population: 553,000.

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  • proper n. A desert city in Nevada, USA, known for its large hotels, extravagant entertainment and dining, and gambling.

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  • n. largest city in Nevada; located in southeastern Nevada; originally settled by Mormons but is now famous for entertainment and gambling and general excess

Etymologies

From Spanish las vegasĀ ("the meadows"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The problems are weighing heavily on gambling companies that cater to the local Las Vegas population with low-glitz, high-profit casinos built away from the tourist zone known as the Las Vegas Strip.

    Debt-Laden Casinos

  • Back in his office, he called Las Vegas and told Catherine Willows about what he had seen on the videotape.

    Florida Getaway

  • It called the Las Vegas legal system "broken" and said jurors have been prevented from hearing the company's defense.

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • They call Las Vegas "Sin City," but not everyone in Nevada is happy about it.

    Slate Magazine

  • "I am strongly concerned that your decision to reduce service to Las Vegas is shortsighted," Reid said in his letter.

    Las Vegas Sun Stories: All Sun Headlines

  • "This is where I am from; I call Las Vegas home," says Stone.

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  • If so, then Las Vegas is shortchanging them, many local educators say. nobody is stopping these types. let them put THEIR money where

    Las Vegas Sun Stories: All Sun Headlines

  • Here they work out the range of politically acceptable debate over development in the desert around Las Vegas which is to say, government hand-outs to politically-connected multimillionaire developers, and government land-grabs in which they arbitrarily dictate to landowners what sorts of things we do or do not need to put on their land.

    The State of the Debate

  • The company plans to shrink this year, and its growth in new business markets will come at the expense of routes to destinations such as Las Vegas, which is heavily reliant on leisure traffic.

    Netvouz - new bookmarks

  • The University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries has launched a new online exhibit entitled Las Vegas and Water in the West.

    June 2005

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