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

  • A city of western Illinois on a bluff above the Mississippi River. It is a trade, industrial, and distributing center. Population: 40,000.
  • A city of eastern Massachusetts, an industrial suburb of Boston. John and John Quincy Adams were born here; the Adams homestead is now a national historic site. Population: 91,100.
  • Quincy, Josiah 1744-1775. American Revolutionary patriot who traveled to England to present the colonists' grievances (1774-1775). His son Josiah (1772-1864) was a U.S. representative from Massachusetts (1804-1813) who opposed involvement in the War of 1812 and served as mayor of Boston (1823-1829) and president of Harvard University (1829-1845).

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  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. An American male given name transferred from the surname.
  • proper n. Any of a number of places in the U.S.A. named after people with the surname.

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

  • n. American patriot who presented the colonists' grievances to the English king (1744-1775)


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Norman surname of Old French origin, from a place name Quincy or Quincey in France, ultimately derived from the Latin Quintus - fifth born.



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