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.

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  • 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


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)


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