Definition of Edinburgh from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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the capital city of Scotland and a popular tourist centre. It has a famous castle, the Scottish Parliament, a zoo (= a place where wild animals are kept for the public to see them), two universities and many museums and art galleries. Other famous features of the city include the Royal Mile and Princes Street. In the 18th century Edinburgh was known as 'the Athens of the north'. The name Edinburgh means 'Edwin's fort'. The city was made a World Heritage Site in 1995. Since 1996 it has been governed as a unitary authority (officially called City of Edinburgh). see also Auld Reekie, Edinburgh Festival