A city of southeast New Mexico southeast of Albuquerque. It grew after the discovery of a nearby aquifer in 1891 and is popularly known for an alleged 1947 UFO sighting.
City in SE N.Mex.: near the reputed site of a crash (1947) of an aircraft thought by some to have been a UFO.
Origin of roswell
- after Roswell Smith, whose son, Van C. Smith, settled there in 1871
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition