capital of N.J., on the Delaware River: pop. 85,000
Origin of Trentonafter Wm. Trent (1655-1724), colonist
The capital of New Jersey, in the west-central part of the state on the Delaware River northeast of Philadelphia. Settled c. 1679 by Quakers, it was the site of a pivotal battle in the American Revolution in which George Washington's troops captured a Hessian encampment in a surprise attack (December 26, 1776).