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New Or·leans(no͞o ôr′lē-ənz, ôr′lənz, ôr-lēnz′, ô′lənz, nyo͞o, nô′lənz)
A city of southeast Louisiana between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. Founded in 1718, it became the capital of a French colony in 1722 and passed to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The city is known for its annual Mardi Gras celebrations and as the birthplace of jazz music. In 2005, New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, which caused breaches in the protective levee system that resulted in widespread flooding and the evacuation of much of the city.
New Or·lea′ni·an (ôr-lē′nē-ən, -lēn′yən, -lĭn′yən) adj. & n.
New Orleans(ˈɔːliːənz; -lənz; ɔːˈliːnz)
(Placename) a port in SE Louisiana, on the Mississippi River, about 172 km (107 miles) from the sea: the largest city in the state and the second most important port in the US; founded by the French in 1718; belonged to Spain (1763–1803). It is largely below sea level, built around the Vieux Carré (French quarter); famous for its annual Mardi Gras festival and for its part in the history of jazz; a major commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. Pop: 469 032 (2003 est)
New` Or′le•ans(ˈɔr li ənz, ɔrˈlinz, ˈɔr lənz)
a seaport in SE Louisiana, on the Mississippi. 476,625.
New′ Or•lea′ni•an, n., adj.
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|Noun||1.||New Orleans - a port and largest city in Louisiana; located in southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi river; a major center for offshore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico; jazz originated here among black musicians in the late 19th century; Mardi Gras is celebrated here each year|
Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras - a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans
Greater New Orleans Bridge - twin cantilever bridges across the Mississippi at New Orleans
faubourg - a New Orleans district lying outside the original city limits; used in combination with the names of various quarters of the city; "in Faubourg Sainte-Marie"