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The capital of Montana, in the west-central part of the state north-northeast of Butte. It was founded in 1864 after the discovery of gold at Last Chance Gulch. Helena became the territorial capital after 1874 and the state capital in 1889.


(Placename) a city in W Montana: the state capital. Pop: 26 718 (2003 est)


(Biography) Saint. ?248–?328 ad, Roman empress, mother of Constantine I. After converting to Christianity (313) she made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (?326) where she supposedly discovered the cross on which Christ died. Feast day: May 21


(ˈhɛl ə nə)

the capital of Montana, in the W part. 23,938.
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Noun1.Helena - capital of the state of MontanaHelena - capital of the state of Montana; located in western Montana
Montana, Treasure State, MT - a state in northwestern United States on the Canadian border
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Helena had written her farewell letter, taking leave of me in this world for good.
With Helena lost to me, happiness was not to be expected.
And now the woman for whom I have made this sacrifice stands between me and my Helena--my Helena, free to pour out all the treasures of her love on the man who adores the earth that she touches with her foot!
Helena was in all my thoughts; it was hard work to fix my attention on the book.
I have spoken with my two wards, Neville and Helena Landless, on the subject of their defective education, and they give in to the plan proposed; as I should have taken good care they did, whether they liked it or not.
On the same day Helena will accompany him to Cloisterham, to take up her quarters at the Nuns' House, the establishment recommended by yourself and son jointly.
Crisparkle called with his mother upon Miss Twinkleton, to arrange for the reception of Miss Helena Landless at the Nuns' House, the two other invitations having reference to that establishment were proffered and accepted.
Honeythunder to dinner, with a troubled mind (for the discomfiture of the dear old china shepherdess lay heavy on it), and gave his arm to Helena Landless.
Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, found the crosses about three hundred years after the Crucifixion.
Helena, the mother of Constantine, found this wonderful memento when she was here in the third century.
In it is a marble chair which Helena used to sit in while she superintended her workmen when they were digging and delving for the True Cross.
Helena blasted it out when she was searching for the true Cross.