Meriden (mĕr`ĭdən), city (1990 pop. 59,479), New Haven co., S central Conn.; settled 1661, inc. as a town 1806, as a city 1867, town and city consolidated 1922. Silverware and pewter were made there in the 18th cent. by Samuel Yale and later by the Rogers Brothers and a forerunner of the International Silver Company. Meriden's industry is now more diversified.