1 the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles l'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791 [syn: Washington D.C., American capital, capital of the United States]
3 the federal government of the United States [syn: Capitol]
4 1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799) [syn: George Washington, President Washington]
5 United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama (1856-1915) [syn: Booker T. Washington, Booker Taliaferro Washington]
EtymologyHabitational surname from the Old English place name "settlement of (a person named) Wassa".
- George Washington, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and first President of the United States of America, from 1789 to 1797.
- Washington, D.C., the federal capital of the United States since 1800.
- In the context of "by synecdoche": The government or administrative
authority of the United States.
- "Washington’s conclusion that Israel likely misused U.S.-made cluster munitions by firing them at civilian areas in Lebanon has brought new pressure on Israel to review its wartime practices." — Cluster-bomb report weighs on Israel, Yahoo News, January 30, 2007.
- A Capital: Olympia.
- A town in the county of Tyne and Wear in the Northeast of England.
- A given name popular during the first century of American independence, also in the form George Washington.