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From Old English halh-ġefeaxe (literally grassy corner), compounded from halh +‎ ġefeaxe. [1] Folk etymology suggests Old English hāliġfeax (literally holy hair), as compounded from hāliġ +‎ feax, from a local legend that the town is said to have received the name from the fact that the hair of a murdered virgin was hung up on a tree in the neighborhood, which became a resort of pilgrims. Compare also Fairfax.

The capital city of Nova Scotia is named after statesman George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax (1716 - 1771).


  • IPA(key): /ˈhæ.lɪˌfæks/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Ha‧li‧fax
  • Rhymes: -æks

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  1. An industrial town in West Yorkshire, England, 20km south-west of Leeds.
  2. The capital city of Nova Scotia, Canada. [From 1749]
  3. A regional municipality of Nova Scotia, Canada.
  4. A small town, the county seat of Halifax County, North Carolina, United States.
  5. A town, the county seat of Halifax County, Virginia, United States.
  6. An earldom in the Peerage of Great Britain.

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  1. ^ Watts, Victor, The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, 2010


Proper noun[edit]

Halifax m

  1. Halifax (a city in England)
  2. Halifax (a city in Canada)