Definition of


  1. (noun, location) the district occupied entirely by the city of Washington; chosen by George Washington as the site of the capital of the United States and created out of land ceded by Maryland and Virginia

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Synonyms of D.c.

dc, district of columbia

Origin of the word D.c.

  1. abbreviation of direct current, attested from 1898. more
  2. abbreviation of District of Columbia, apparently not widely used before 1820, but eventually it became necessary to distinguish it from the many other Washingtons in America. The city and the district (then known as Territory of Columbia) were named 1791; the territory was organized as a "district" in 1801, but the towns within it (Washington, Georgetown, Alexandr… more

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