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A city of northeast Switzerland at the northern tip of the Lake of Zurich. Founded before Roman times, Zurich was chartered in 1218 and joined the Swiss Confederation in 1351. In the 1500s, it was a center of the Swiss Reformation under the leadership of Ulrich Zwingli. Today it is the largest city in the country. Zurich is known for its international banking and financial institutions.


(ˈzjʊərɪk; German ˈtsyːrɪç)
1. (Placename) a canton of NE Switzerland: mainly Protestant and German-speaking. Capital: Zürich. Pop: 342 500 (2002 est). Area: 1729 sq km (668 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a city in NE Switzerland, the capital of Zürich canton, on Lake Zürich: the largest city and industrial centre in Switzerland; centre of the Swiss Reformation; financial centre. Pop: 358 540 (2007)
3. (Placename) Lake Zürich a lake in N Switzerland, mostly in Zürich canton. Area: 89 sq km (34 sq miles)


(ˈzʊər ɪk)

1. a canton in N Switzerland. 1,175,457; 668 sq. mi. (1730 sq. km).
2. the capital of this canton, on the Lake of Zurich. 840,313.
3. Lake of, a lake in N Switzerland. 34 sq. mi. (88 sq. km). German, Zü•rich (ˈtsü rɪx) (for defs. 1,2).
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Noun1.Zurich - the largest city in SwitzerlandZurich - the largest city in Switzerland; located in the northern part of the country; "Zurich is the center of the German-speaking part of Switzerland"
Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera, Swiss Confederation, Switzerland - a landlocked federal republic in central Europe


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Certain difficulties had been discovered in connection with those instructions, which had produced the necessity of once more writing to Zurich.
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From Zurich, which they did not like, they came to Geneva.
Oh, I went to Switzerland,--to Geneva and Zermatt and Zurich and all those places you know; and down to Venice, and all through Germany, and down the Rhine, and into Holland and Belgium--the regular round.
The first notes relating to this part were written while he and I were staying together in Zurich in September 1884.
And in reply to Winterbourne's interrogation, "There's Zurich," she concluded, "I think Zurich is lovely; and we hadn't heard half so much about it.
A great general may save his country at Zurich, and take commissions from purveyors.
Vermigli was superbly educated as a philosopher, theologian, and scriptural commentator before his flight to Zurich.
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