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


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)


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