Definition of Washington, DC from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Washington, DC

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Washington, District of Columbia the capital city of the US, whose area covers the District of Columbia. The place was chosen by George Washington in 1790, and since 1800 the main departments of the US government have been there. It is known for its historical monuments and important buildings, including the Capitol, the White House, the Supreme Court, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center. see also Arlington National Cemetery, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument