Pronunciation: (chûr'chil, -chul), [key]
1. John, 1st Duke of Marlborough, (“Corporal John”), 1650–1722, British military commander.
2. Lord Randolph (Henry Spencer), 1849–95, British statesman (father of Winston L. S. Churchill).
3. Winston, 1871–1947, U.S. novelist.
4. Sir Winston (Leonard Spencer), 1874–1965, British statesman and author: prime minister 1940–45, 1951–55; Nobel prize for literature 1953.
5. a river in Canada, flowing NE from E Saskatchewan through Manitoba to Hudson Bay. ab. 1000 mi. (1600 km) long.
6. Also called Church'ill Riv'er. Formerly, Hamilton River. a river in SW Labrador, Newfoundland, in E Canada, flowing SE and N through Lake Melville to the Atlantic Ocean. ab. 600 mi. (965 km) long.
7. a seaport and railway terminus in NE Manitoba, on Hudson Bay at the mouth of this river. 1700.
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