Definition of Memphis in US English:


proper noun

  • 1An ancient city in Egypt, whose ruins are situated on the Nile River about 10 miles (15 km) south of Cairo. It is the site of the pyramids of Saqqara and Giza and the Sphinx.

  • 2A river port on the Mississippi River in southwestern Tennessee; population 669,651 (est. 2008). Founded in 1819, it was the home of blues music in the late 19th century and the scene of the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. It is also the childhood home and burial place of Elvis Presley.