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

  • A city of southwest British Columbia, Canada, on the Strait of Georgia opposite Vancouver Island. The largest city in the province, it is a major port, commercial and industrial center, and railroad hub. Population: 578,000.
  • A city of southwest Washington on the Columbia River opposite Portland, Oregon. Founded as Fort Vancouver by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1820s, it is a deep-water port with shipyards, lumber mills, and other processing facilities. Population: 159,000.
  • Vancouver, George 1757-1798. British navigator who led an expedition to the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, and the Hawaiian Islands (1791-1792) and to the Pacific coast of North America (1792-1794), where he circumnavigated Vancouver Island.
  • MountVancouver A peak, 4,873.6 m (15,979 ft) high, in the St. Elias Mountains of southwest Yukon Territory, Canada, near the Alaskan border.

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  • proper n. A family name.
  • proper n. A large city and seaport in British Columbia, Canada
  • proper n. A city in the state of Washington, USA.
  • proper n. A mountain between Alaska and Canada in the Saint Elias Mountains.

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

  • n. English navigator remembered for his exploration of the Pacific coast of North America (1757-1798)
  • n. a town in southwestern Washington on the Columbia River across from Portland, Oregon
  • n. a port city in southwestern British Columbia on an arm of the Pacific Ocean opposite Vancouver Island; Canada's chief Pacific port and third largest city


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The family name is from the Dutch place name Coevorden ("the place where cows ford the river") via the Dutch family name van Coevorden ("a person from Coevorden"). The place names are derived from the family name, being named after George Vancouver, an English explorer who charted the northwestern Pacific coast of North America in a 1791-1794 expedition.


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  • *no longer covets yarb's lunchtime pizza, but still covets the city of Vancouver and the local freesheet*

    *hands yarb enough money to buy decent pizza*

    February 18, 2010

  • Perhaps I should clarify: it's only nutritious relative to how cheap it is. There are many more nutritious lunchtime options available, including pizza, but they are all three or four times as expensive. I've had to give up eel and umeboshi because that way lay economic ruin, so it's pauper's pizza for lunch for me until further notice. And unwary bell-boys of course.

    February 18, 2010

  • *covets not only cheap and nutritious lunchtime pizza, but also the city of Vancouver and the local freesheet, the latter two not being for nutritional purposes*

    February 18, 2010

  • *covets cheap and nutritious lunchtime pizza, and therefore covets the city of Vancouver*

    February 17, 2010

  • Madmouth is from here, I believe.

    And lo, yesterday while munching my cheap and nutritious lunchtime pizza slice I opened the local freesheet to find Vancouverism (see also vancouverism) explained!

    February 17, 2010

  • I like vang-couver too. But I don't pronounce Vancouver that way. Are there other resident Vancouverites aboard the good ship SS Wordnik? My nephew used to live there, but he's gone all Salinger on us.

    February 16, 2010

  • How did yarb fit a bell buoy in his mouth? And won't the hotel want him back?

    February 16, 2010

  • I've been rolling your vang-couver round my mouth and actually I'm quite taken with it. It sounds kind of clangy, like a bell buoy.

    I'm not an expert on Vancouverism but would welcome enlightenment, without having to read the book in which it was apparently coined.

    In other panvoca-loca-lic news, last night I saw the mogulist Bilodeau become Canada's first gold-medal winner on home soil. Hurrah for Vancouverism and for panvocalic Olympians!

    February 16, 2010

  • How am I with thankyou and tanker? The answer is that I pronounce them both with an /æŋk/ in the middle, and I find the alternative (/ænk/) virtually unthinkable.

    I do pronounce "Van Gogh" with a front-of-the-mouth /n/, but only because it's two words. I'm sure that if it were just one word ("Vangogh"), it would, but for the stressed syllable, rhyme with mango.

    The philosophy of vancouverism intrigues me, not only for its panvocality but also for the insouciant Pacific lifestyle that it engenders. What are the tenets of vancouverism?

    February 15, 2010

  • Is Van Gogh meant to rhyme with mango? or off?

    February 15, 2010

  • Does Van Gogh rhyme with mango in the ptero lair?

    February 15, 2010

  • /væŋˈ/ sounds a little odd to me, and I can't see that it's necessary.

    How are you with thankyou and tanker, ptero?

    n.b. it's vancouverite. And we espouse the panvocalic creed of vancouverism.

    February 15, 2010

  • This is one vote for /væŋˈkuvɚ/, I’d say.

    February 14, 2010

  • Ask yarb. At least he has a Vang! list.

    Edit: or he did. I think it's renamed Ute.

    February 14, 2010

  • With the Winter Olympics going on, this word has been in the news a lot, and I'm hearing it pronounced two different ways: /vænˈkuːvəɹ/ and /væŋˈkuːvəɹ/. The former, with a front-of-the-mouth "n", is favored by Wikipedia and most of the TV commentators, but it doesn't sound quite right to me. I keep wanting to pronounce it in the latter way, with the back-of-the-mouth "ng", to make a smoother transition to the "k" that follows it.

    I really want to know how the locals pronounce it, and I'm hoping our resident Vancouverian (Vancouverite? Vancouverer? Vancouverista?) can enlighten us...

    February 14, 2010