Definitions

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

  • A city of southern California on the Pacific Ocean in a widespread metropolitan area. Founded by the Spanish in 1781, it served several times as a colonial capital before incorporation in 1850. Its real growth began after the coming of the railroads in the 1870s and 1880s and the discovery of oil in the 1890s. Today it is a major shipping, manufacturing, communications, financial, and distribution center noted for its entertainment industry. Population: 3,850,000.

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  • proper n. A port of the United States that is the largest city in California and second-largest in the United States. Known for being an urban area that covers a large area.

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

  • n. a city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States

Etymologies

Los Ángeles means the angels in Spanish. The city was originally a pueblo founded and named by the Spanish with the full name of: "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula," which means "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola." (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We have no reports yet of serious injuries or damages out there, but I can tell you, this one was felt all over what they call the Los Angeles basin -- up north, almost to Santa Barbara, down south, almost to San Diego, you could feel this.

    CNN Transcript Jun 16, 2005

  • My nocturnal adventure illustrates that there is always something new and wonderful to find and explore in this amazing city-by-the-sea we call Los Angeles.

    Jay Weston: Santa Monica Place: A Worthy L.A. Shopping and Dining Destination

  • The book starts out with Andy Lipkis, the founder of TreePeople in Los Angeles, whose activism started at age 6, when he called the Los Angeles Times to report a year-round blossoming apple tree in his yard.

    Looking back at the future

  • One of them calls a Los Angeles emergency dispatcher and from there, the frustration and the desperation only grow.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2007

  • Tiesto, for one, owns his own jet, and houses in Sweden and Ibiza, although at the moment he calls Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont home.

    News - latimes.com

  • She called the Los Angeles market unique, with four overlapping public stations vying for viewers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Abrams' Los Angeles office, a code word the filmmakers used to keep the project under wraps - but it stuck, adding even more mystery.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Many believe that drive times from ONT to much of Los Angeles is shorter than from LAX.

    IAGblog

  • She called Los Angeles radio station KOST 103.5 to clear things up:

    Queerty

  • As spring sets in it's a good time to remind ourselves of why we call Los Angeles our home.

    LA IMC

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