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

  • A city of southern California on the Santa Barbara Channel west-northwest of Los Angeles. Site of an early Spanish presidio and mission, it is a residential and resort community with aerospace and electronics research and development industries. Population: 85,700.

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  • proper n. A place name of many cities

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

  • n. a town in southwestern California on the Pacific Ocean


From Spanish, meaning Saint Barbara (Wiktionary)


  • When the queen and Prince Philip later visited us at Rancho del Cielo, it was in February, during the middle of our rainy season, and Santa Barbara was being pummeled by a terrible storm.

    An American Life

  • The Santa Barbara was a prison hulk, one of the prizes captured in Rodney's action off Cadiz in 1780 and kept rotting at her moorings, mastless, ever since, a storeship in time of peace and a prison in time of war.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • From some points on the ranch, you can watch boats cruising across the Santa Barbara Channel, then turn your head and see the Santa Ynez Valley unfold like a huge wilderness amphitheater before your eyes.

    An American Life

  • Santa Barbara Mission, where his remains were interred on the Epistle side of the altar.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The cruise had been organized to benefit wounded war veterans, a “gay, gala affair, featuring the renowned Continental cuisine of Chef Roman Galle of the Santa Barbara Biltmore and the sprightly sounds of the Freddy Martin Band.”

    Over the Edge

  • The sea gap of the Santa Barbara Channel, in his judgment, probably never narrowed to less than four miles.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The soap opera Santa Barbara wants a guy to wear a patch over one eyethere I am.



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