Quebec



[kwi-bek, ki-] /kwɪˈbɛk, kɪ-/

noun
1.
a province in E Canada. 594,860 sq. mi. (1,540,685 sq. km).
2.
a seaport in and the capital of this province, on the St. Lawrence: capital of New France from 1663 to 1759, when it was taken by the English; wartime conferences 1943, 1944.
3.
a word used in communications to represent the letter Q.
/kwɪˈbɛk; kə-; kɛ-/
noun
1.
a province of E Canada: the largest Canadian province; a French colony from 1608 to 1763, when it passed to Britain; lying mostly on the Canadian Shield, it has vast areas of forest and extensive tundra and is populated mostly in the plain around the St Lawrence River. Capital: Quebec. Pop: 7 542 760 (2004 est). Area: 1 540 680 sq km (594 860 sq miles) PQ
2.
a port in E Canada, capital of the province of Quebec, situated on the St Lawrence River: founded in 1608 by Champlain; scene of the battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759), by which the British won Canada from the French. Pop: 169 076 (2001)
3.
(communications) a code word for the letter q

Canadian French province, from Micmac (Algonquian) /kepe:k/ “strait, narrows.” Related: Quebecois (n. and adj.), from French Québecois.

Province in eastern Canada, bordered to the east by Newfoundland, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence (an arm of the Atlantic Ocean); to the southeast by New Brunswick and several states of the United States; to the southwest by Ontario; to the west by Ontario and Hudson Bay; and to the north by islands of the Northwest Territories. Its capital is Quebec City, and its largest city is Montreal.

Note: A French colony from 1663 to 1759, Quebec was then lost to the British.

Note: It is Canada’s largest province in area and second largest in population, after Ontario.

Note: With French as its official language, Quebec has experienced tensions between its majority French and minority English cultures.

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    Capital of Quebec province, Canada, on the St. Lawrence River. Note: Quebec City is largely French-speaking. Note: One of the oldest cities in North America, it was founded in the early seventeenth century.

  • Quebecer

    [kwi-bek-er] /kwɪˈbɛk ər/ noun 1. a native or inhabitant of , especially one who is from the city of and whose native language is French.



  • Quebecois

    [key-be-kwah; French key-be-kwa] /ˌkeɪ bɛˈkwɑ; French keɪ bɛˈkwa/ noun, plural Québecois [key-be-kwah, -kwahz; French key-be-kwa] /ˌkeɪ bɛˈkwɑ, -ˈkwɑz; French keɪ bɛˈkwa/ (Show IPA) 1. . 2. a person, especially a member of the Parti Québecois, who supports the separation and independence of the province of from the rest of . 3. the variety of French […]

  • Quebecoises

    [kwi-bek-er] /kwɪˈbɛk ər/ noun 1. a native or inhabitant of , especially one who is from the city of and whose native language is French. [key-be-kwah; French key-be-kwa] /ˌkeɪ bɛˈkwɑ; French keɪ bɛˈkwa/ noun, plural Québecois [key-be-kwah, -kwahz; French key-be-kwa] /ˌkeɪ bɛˈkwɑ, -ˈkwɑz; French keɪ bɛˈkwa/ (Show IPA) 1. . 2. a person, especially a […]



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