Alexandria[al′ig zan′drē ə]
- seaport in Egypt, on the Mediterranean at the W end of the Nile delta: pop. 3,485,000: founded by Alexander the Great and, later, a center of Hellenistic culture
Origin: after the seaport, but with allusion to the Alexander family, owners of the town sitecity in NE Va., on the Potomac, near Washington, D.C.: pop. 128,000
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- A city of northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea at the western tip of the Nile Delta. It was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. and became a repository of Jewish, Arab, and Hellenistic culture famous for its extensive libraries. Its pharos (lighthouse) was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Population: 4,110,000.
- A city of central Louisiana on the Red River northwest of Baton Rouge. The original city was destroyed by Union troops in May 1864 during the Civil War. Population: 45,800.
- An independent city of northern Virginia on the Potomac River opposite Washington, D.C. Primarily a residential suburb of the capital, the city has many historic buildings. George Washington helped lay out the streets in 1749. Population: 137,000.