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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea at the western tip of the Nile Delta. It was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC and became a repository of Jewish, Arab, and Hellenistic culture famous for its extensive libraries. Its pharos (lighthouse) was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • A city of central Louisiana on the Red River northwest of Baton Rouge. The original city was destroyed by Union troops in May 1864 during the Civil War.
  • An independent city of northern Virginia on the Potomac River opposite Washington, DC. Primarily a residential suburb of the capital, the city has many historic buildings. George Washington helped lay out the streets in 1749.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a city on the Mediterranean Sea, the chief port of Egypt.

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  • proper noun A city and port in Egypt.
  • proper noun A number of cities bearing the same name, including Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
  • proper noun A female given name.

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

  • noun a town in Louisiana on the Red River
  • noun the chief port of Egypt; located on the western edge of the Nile delta on the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Alexander the Great; the capital of ancient Egypt

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