Definition of Wigan from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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an industrial town in northern England. In the Industrial Revolution it had important coal-mining and cotton industries. It is famous today for its Rugby League club, one of the oldest in England and the most successful in the history of the sport. George Orwell's book The Road to Wigan Pier describes the life of poor people, especially the unemployed miners in the north of England during the 1930s.

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