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Dictionary Definition



1 a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring [syn: Columbia River]
2 a town in west central Tennessee
3 capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina [syn: capital of South Carolina]
4 a university town in central Missouri
5 a university in New York City [syn: Columbia University]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Christopher Columbus, European discoverer of the Americas.


Proper noun

  1. America; the United States; an appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer.
  2. The female personification of the USA.
  3. Shortened form of Columbia University.
  4. The space shuttle Columbia.
  5. The capital and largest city of South Carolina.
  6. A city in Missouri


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Columbia (name) was the first popular and poetic name for the United States, and has in turn inspired the names of many other things.
Columbia may also refer to:


Other places in North America

Places outside North America







  • Columbia, another name for the 2-4-2 classification of steam locomotives
  • Columbian (B&O), a former passenger train between Jersey City, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbian (passenger train), a former Milwaukee Road train between Chicago and Tacoma


Fictional uses



See also

Columbia in Arabic: كولومبيا (توضيح)
Columbia in Bulgarian: Колумбия (пояснение)
Columbia in Catalan: Columbia (desambiguació)
Columbia in Czech: Columbia
Columbia in Danish: Columbia
Columbia in German: Columbia
Columbia in Modern Greek (1453-): Κολούμπια
Columbia in Spanish: Columbia
Columbia in Esperanto: Kolumbio
Columbia in French: Columbia
Columbia in Korean: 컬럼비아
Columbia in Icelandic: Columbia
Columbia in Italian: Columbia
Columbia in Hebrew: קולומביה (פירושונים)
Columbia in Kannada: ಕೊಲಂಬಿಯ
Columbia in Latin: Columbia (discretiva)
Columbia in Dutch: Columbia
Columbia in Japanese: コロンビア (曖昧さ回避)
Columbia in Polish: Kolumbia (ujednoznacznienie)
Columbia in Portuguese: Columbia
Columbia in Russian: Колумбия (значения)
Columbia in Simple English: Columbia
Columbia in Slovak: Columbia
Columbia in Slovenian: Kolumbija (razločitev)
Columbia in Finnish: Columbia
Columbia in Swedish: Columbia
Columbia in Thai: โคลัมเบีย
Columbia in Vietnamese: Columbia
Columbia in Ukrainian: Колумбія (значення)
Columbia in Volapük: Columbia
Columbia in Chinese: 哥伦比亚 (消歧义)
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