seaport in NE India, on the Hooghly River: capital of West Bengal state: formerly Calcutta
A city of eastern India and the capital of West Bengal, on the Hooghly River in the Ganges delta. Founded c. 1690 as a British East India Company trading post, it was the capital of British India from 1772-1912. The chief port and major industrial center of eastern India, Calcutta is one of the country's largest cities.x
- The state capital of West Bengal (India), formerly known as Calcutta.
From the city's Bengali name, কলকাতা.