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1. An ancient city northeast of the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan. The chief city of the Ammonites, it was enlarged and embellished by Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 bc) and named in honor of him. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is now on the site.
2. An ancient Greek city of Asia Minor in present-day western Turkey. Founded in the second century bc, Philadelphia was a center of early Christianity.
3. The largest city of Pennsylvania, in the southeast part of the state on the Delaware River. It was founded as a Quaker colony by William Penn in 1681 on the site of an earlier Swedish settlement. The First and Second Continental Congresses (1774 and 1775-1776) and the Constitutional Convention (1787) met in the city, which served as the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800.
Phil′a·del′phi·an adj. & n.
(Placename) a city and port in SE Pennsylvania, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers: the fourth largest city in the US; founded by Quakers in 1682; cultural and financial centre of the American colonies and the federal capital (1790–1800); scene of the Continental Congresses (1774–83) and the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776). Pop: 1 479 339 (2003 est)
Phil•a•del•phi•a(ˌfɪl əˈdɛl fi ə)
a city in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River. 1,478,002.
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|Noun||1.||Philadelphia - the largest city in Pennsylvania; located in the southeastern part of the state on the Delaware river; site of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; site of the University of Pennsylvania|
Benjamin Franklin Bridge - a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
Independence Hall - the building in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed
Walt Whitman Bridge - a suspension bridge across the Delaware River