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Whitehall, cities, United States
Whitehall. 1 City (1990 pop. 20,572), Franklin co., central Ohio, a suburb of Columbus; inc. 1948. Manufactures include water coolers and packaged meats. A large federal defense construction supply center is there. 2 Borough (1990 pop. 14,451), Allegheny co., SW Pa., a residential suburb of Pittsburgh; inc. 1948. Fabricated metal products and dairy goods are produced.
Whitehall, street, London, England
Whitehall, street in Westminster borough, London, England. Because of the many British government offices on the street, Whitehall has become a synonym for the government. The name derives from Whitehall Palace, first built for Hubert de Burgh in the 13th cent. and rebuilt for Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th cent. The Banqueting House, which was added (1619–22) by Inigo Jones, survives today and is used for official receptions. There is a World War I memorial cenotaph on the street.
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many government offices on this street; synonymous with government. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2970]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. a street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament: site of the main government offices
2. the British Government or its central administration
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