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

  • A province of eastern Canada including the island of Newfoundland and nearby islands and the mainland area of Labrador with its adjacent islands. Newfoundland joined the confederation in 1949. Vikings probably visited the region c. 1000, but the area was not known to European fishermen and explorers until John Cabot's voyages in the late 15th century. England claimed Newfoundland in 1583, although the claims were disputed by France until the Treaty of Paris (1763). The province of Quebec continued to claim Labrador until 1927. St. John's is the capital and the largest city. Population: 505,000.
  • n. Any of a breed of large, strong dog developed in Newfoundland and having a thick, usually black coat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A large island off the coast of eastern Canada, which, along with Labrador, has composed the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1949.
  • n. A Newfoundland dog, a very large breed of working dog from Newfoundland, with a shaggy, usually black coat, known for its water rescue ability, strength, and gentle disposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. An island on the coast of British North America, famed for the fishing grounds in its vicinity.
  • proper n. A Newfoundland dog.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Newfoundland dog.

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

  • n. an island in the north Atlantic
  • n. a breed of very large heavy dogs with a thick coarse usually black coat; highly intelligent dogs and vigorous swimmers; developed in Newfoundland


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  • GRAND BANK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR -- (Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - A Grand Bank, N.L. resident was ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 at a sentencing hearing in Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court in Grand Bank on February 8, 2010 for violating the federal Fisheries Act. Willoughby Bolt pleaded guilty to violating section 36 (3) of the releasing diesel fuel,

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  • JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND: A helicopter carrying 18 people on its way today to an offshore oil platform ditched in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland, an official said.


  • Meanwhile, as the Western Star reported yesterday (no link), the average wait for an MRI in Newfoundland is over one year.

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  • The average earned income in Newfoundland is only fifty-three per cent of the Canadian average.

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  • Jukes, in his "Excursions in and about Newfoundland," says, "A thin, short-haired black dog, belonging to George Harvey, came off to us to-day; this animal was of a breed very different from what we understand by the term Newfoundland dog in England.

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  • Newfoundland is semi - artic and has very little good agricultural land.

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  • I lived in Newfoundland for most of my formative years.

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  • The more power to 'em, it is hard enough to live in Newfoundland!

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  • Mark-1 do more research it is not a commercial thing for us Inuit it is more commercial more so for the non aboriginals in Newfoundland,

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  • The half-hour debates will air on CBC Radio One from March 2 to March 6, 2009, at 11: 30 a.m. and 7: 30 p.m. (half an hour later in Newfoundland).

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  • I heard a mnemonic (if that's the right adjective) device to help one remember how the residents pronounce it: Understand Newfoundland.

    Also, those interested in the subject may like this list.

    May 11, 2010