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

  • An ancient city of Asia Minor northeast of the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan. The chief city of the Ammonites, it was enlarged and embellished by Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.) and named in honor of him. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is now on the site.
  • The largest city of Pennsylvania, in the southeast part of the state on the Delaware River. It was founded as a Quaker colony by William Penn in 1681 on the site of an earlier Swedish settlement. The First and Second Continental Congresses (1774 and 1775-1776) and the Constitutional Convention (1787) met in the city, which served as the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800. Population: 1,450,000.

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  • proper n. Largest city in Pennsylvania, located in southeastern part of the state along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Site of the Independence Hall; former capitol of United States. Nicknamed "City of Brotherly Love"
  • proper n. A town in Mississippi, United States.

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  • n. the largest city in Pennsylvania; located in the southeastern part of the state on the Delaware river; site of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; site of the University of Pennsylvania

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Φιλαδέλφεια (Philadelphia), from φιλέω (phileō, "I love") + ἀδελφός (adelphos, "brother") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • PHILADELPHIA - Perhaps the analogy was inevitable: Hillary Rodham Clinton as Rocky Balboa, the scrappy underdog boxer from Philadelphia memorably depicted in the 1976 Oscar-winning film.

    Gallup: No, Our Daily Tracking Poll Is Not Flawed

  • DALLAS COWBOYS (5-2) at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-2) (Sunday, NBC, 8: 20 PM ET) “Philadelphia and Dallas are playing great in all three phases,” says NBC analyst TONY DUNGY.

    NFL 2009: Week 9 Preview: 5 Key Divisonal Contests

  • WILL BUNCH, COLUMNIST, "PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS": You know, that was kind of our reaction in Philadelphia, too.

    CNN Transcript Nov 1, 2009

  • PHILADELPHIA - "John McCain promised a decent and honest campaign," said Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell at a press conference in Philadelphia this morning, "but his campaign has been anything but honest; it is desperate and dishonorable."

    Denise Dennis: PA Gov. Rendell Goes On Offensive For Obama Against McCain-Palin Attacks

  • MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, PHILADELPHIA: It is not acceptable, of course, to do anything less than the professional standards that we expect of our Philadelphia police officers and they know that.

    CNN Transcript May 8, 2008

  • The last magazine published in Philadelphia in the eighteenth century was the _Philadelphia Magazine and Review, or Monthly Repository of

    The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850

  • PHILADELPHIA - An autistic young man who didn't speak was left in a scorching van at a residential treatment home in suburban Philadelphia, where his lifeless, overheated body was found more than five hours after his small group returned from an amusement park.

    The Seattle Times

  • PHILADELPHIA - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan will be fired Thursday after one season on the job.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 9: 02 p.m. PHILADELPHIA - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan will be fired Thursday after one season on the job.

    Fore, right!

  • PHILADELPHIA - Senior Florida thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili and senior jumper Shara Proctor each had a top-10 performance in the history of the Penn Relays Carnival as the prestigious three-day meet opened for the 117th time Thursday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

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