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

  • A city of southeast Sicily, Italy, on the Ionian Sea south-southeast of Catania. Founded by colonists from Corinth in the eighth century B.C., it reached the height of its power in the fifth century but fell to the Romans in 212. Population: 123,000.
  • A city of central New York east-southeast of Rochester. Originally a trading post and saltworks, it is now a manufacturing and educational center. Population: 141,000.

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  • proper n. Province of Sicily, Italy.
  • proper n. City and port in the province of Syracuse.
  • proper n. A city in New York state.
  • proper n. Small municipalities, each with less than 2000 inhabitants, in the American states of Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, and Utah.
  • proper n. A type of red wine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A red wine of Italy.

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

  • n. a city in southeastern Sicily that was founded by Corinthians in the 8th century BC
  • n. the Athenian siege of Syracuse (415-413 BC) was eventually won by Syracuse
  • n. the Roman siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) was eventually won by the Romans who sacked the city (killing Archimedes)
  • n. a city in central New York


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Ultimately from Ancient Greek Συρακοῦσαι (Surakousai).


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