Definitions

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

  • A city of southern California on San Diego Bay, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean near the Mexican border. Although explored by the Spanish in 1542, the area's first permanent settlements were not established until the 1700s. A noted zoological park is located in the city, which is a major port of entry and a commercial, industrial, and research center. Population: 1,260,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A city in southwest California.
  • proper n. Places named after Saint Diego.

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

  • n. a picturesque city of southern California on San Diego Bay near the Mexican border; site of an important naval base

Etymologies

From Spanish, from Santiago, a combination of "Sant’ Iago", and "Saint James". Sant is from Latin Sanctus, "holy" or "saint". Iago is a northwestern Spanish form from Latin Jacobus, "James". The name Diego is sometimes confused with the Latin name Didacus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So with the rain beating down on her windshield and the roof of her car, and using the overhead light to shine against a small notepad upon which she had written the number, she called the San Diego lab.

    The Silent Cradle

  • The naval hospital in San Diego is shorthanded with all the wounded coming out of Southeast Asia.

    Honorbound

  • Still worried, Strom said he called San Diego police again Friday afternoon.

    NBC San Diego -

  • Worried about her health, she called a San Diego weight-loss surgery clinic last spring and asked for help.

    Spokesman.com: Latest stories

  • Afterward, Moreland gave the woman money, dropped her off in San Ysidro and she called San Diego police.

    Fore, right!

  • Along with other members of the nonprofit, Peabody helps to protect, preserve and enhance what is often referred to as San Diego's crown jewel.

    AroundTheCapitol.com

  • The second most heavily traveled rail corridor in the U.S. is Los Angeles to San Diego, which is not part of the initial high-speed plan.

    Central Valley Start Is Ideal for Fast California Trains

  • In the five largest school districts other than Los Angeles, namely San Diego, San Francisco, Long Beach, Oakland and Fresno, researchers found that class size reduction raised the proportion of third graders who exceeded the national median by 10.5 percent in math, and 8.4 percent in reading, after controlling for all other factors.

    Leonie Haimson: The 7 Myths of Class Size Reduction -- And the Truth

  • This past summer, during my annual pilgrimage down to San Diego for Geek Love Fest 2009 aka San Diego Comic-Con, I had two moments of clarity: One, Comic-Con is no longer about comic books.

    Is It Time to ReBrand Comic-Con? | Manolith

  • Good thing, because San Diego down here expects a budget deficit of $54 million this coming fiscal year -- 1.5 million people call San Diego home.

    CNN Transcript Feb 20, 2009

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