Roanoke definition by Webster's New World
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- river flowing from SW Va. southeast through NE N.C. into Albemarle Sound: c. 380 mi (612 km)
- city in SW Va., on this river: pop. 95,000
- island off the coast of N.C.: site of abortive English colony (1585-87)
Origin: ; from Carolina Algonquian: meaning unknown
Roanoke definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An independent city of southwest Virginia west-southwest of Richmond. It grew with the coming of the railroad in 1882 and is today a tourist and industrial center. Population: 91,600.