Main definitions of wellington in English

: wellington1Wellington2

wellington1

(also wellington boot)

noun

British
  • A knee-length waterproof rubber or plastic boot.

    • ‘Oh where were the wellingtons that Martin had given me now?’
    • ‘But for me the term always conjures up childhood memories of rooting about in an old canal in my wellingtons and putting tadpoles in a jam jar.’
    • ‘While Barry loaded muddy wellingtons and overalls into more bin-liners, Michael sprayed the workshop liberally with an aerosol air-freshener.’
    • ‘Wouldn't they be better off with a waterproof coat with a hood and wellingtons?’
    • ‘The water becomes so deep at the bottom of Castlegate it is out of bounds to pedestrians without waders or wellingtons.’
    • ‘My wellingtons are strategically placed - half way up the stairs.’
    • ‘Each volunteer was kitted out in oil spill clean up attire - waterproof jacket and trousers, white over suit, wellingtons, rubber gloves, protective goggles and face mask.’
    • ‘Every day after school, the youngster grabs her coat, pulls on her wellingtons and takes her furry friends Fuzzy and Flossy for a saunter through Buckley Wood.’
    • ‘I was still wearing my wellingtons and I could tell they were impressed.’
    • ‘I had expected the water to perhaps come above my wellingtons - but it came up around my chest.’
    • ‘In wet weather stout boots or wellingtons are essential.’
    • ‘People in wellingtons were out walking their dogs and observing the aftermath of the drama: a park bench shrouded in dark fronds of river weed, a flooded walkway, the ‘trash’ line where the river had reached its highest point.’
    • ‘It means wearing wellingtons more than high heels.’
    • ‘They appeared even less interested in ecology than I was, going through the motions in their wellingtons and anoraks, as if they were stood in a draughty lecture theatre rather than in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.’
    • ‘If you want to go into the livestock area and look at cattle you must come with wellingtons and protective clothing’
    gumboot, wader, walking boot, riding boot, field boot, jackboot, thigh boot, half-boot, ankle boot, pixie boot, chelsea boot, balmoral, desert boot, moon boot, snow boot
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Origin

Early 19th century: named after the 1st Duke of Wellington (see Wellington, 1st Duke of).

Pronunciation

wellington

/ˈweliNGtən//ˈwɛlɪŋtən/

Main definitions of wellington in English

: wellington1Wellington2

Wellington2

proper noun

  • The capital of New Zealand, at the southern tip of North Island; population 179,463 (2006). It became the capital in 1865, when the seat of government was moved from Auckland.

Pronunciation

Wellington

/ˈwɛlɪŋtən//ˈweliNGtən/