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Old English Lindcoln, Lindcylene, from Latin Lindum Colonia, from Brythonic Lindo, Lindon, probably from Proto-Brythonic *llɨnn (pool), from Proto-Celtic *lindos (lake, liquid), in reference to the Brayford.


  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪŋkən/
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Lincoln (countable and uncountable, plural Lincolns)

  1. A city and borough of Lincolnshire, England.
  2. An English surname​.
  3. Abraham Lincoln.
  4. A male given name transferred from the surname, of American usage, originally in honor of Abraham Lincoln.
  5. The capital city of Nebraska, United States and the county seat of Lancaster County.
  6. A city, the county seat of Logan County, Illinois.
  7. A town in Canterbury, New Zealand, named after the Earl of Lincoln.
  8. A city in Placer County, California, United States.

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Lincoln (plural Lincolns)

  1. A brand of American automobile.
  2. An English breed of sheep.
  3. (US, slang) A five-dollar bill.
    • 1955, Ray Charles, Greenbacks
      As I was walking down the street last night
      A pretty little girl came into sight
      I bowed and smiled and asked her name
      She said, "Hold it bud, I don't play that game"
      I reached in my pocket, and to her big surprise
      There was Lincoln staring her dead in the eyes.
    • 1989, Albert William Gray, Size, page 117:
      A Jackson, a Lincoln, three singles. He was seven bucks short, []
    • 2006, EminemsRevenge, Jew Girl, page 181:
      [] not only winning the hand, but also collecting a five dollar per player bonus. [] Jonah yelled to Fred, who crumpled up a Lincoln and tossed it toward him.
  4. (aviation) A high altitude, long-range bomber based on the Avro Lancaster.


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