U.S. city, 1630, named for town in Lincolnshire, a region from which many settlers came to New England. The name is said to be literally "Botolph's Stone," probably from the name of some Anglo-Saxon landowner (Old English Botwulf). Boston Massacre was March 5, 1770; three civilians killed, two mortally wounded. The Boston Tea Party (1824) took place on Dec. 16, 1773 (see tea party). Related: Bostonian.

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Boston (n.)
state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services;
Synonyms: Hub of the Universe / Bean Town / Beantown / capital of Massachusetts