Cantabrigian is an adjective that is used in two meanings: 1) to refer to what is of or pertaining to Cambridge University, located in Cambridge, England; or 2) to refer to what is of or pertaining to the cities of Cambridge, England and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The term is derived from Cantabrigia, a medieval Latin name for Cambridge invented on the basis of the Anglo-Saxon name Cantebrigge.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, the name "Cantabrigia" appears in the city seal and (abbreviated to "Cantab") in the seal of the Episcopal Divinity School, located therein. A pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called the Cantab Lounge is a play on this abbreviation.
In England, the nickname "Tab" used by Oxonians (those affiliated with Oxford University) as a term of derision for those affiliated with Cambridge University, is a contraction of Cantabrigian. However, the word "Tab" is used neutrally (and sometimes with fondness) by the very students of Cambridge to refer to themselves.
It is also the name of one of the Rugby clubs based in Cambridge, England. Cantabrigian Rugby Club was established by the 'old boys' of local Hills Road Sixth Form College. Cantabrigian Rowing Club was similarly established, in 1950, by the 'old boys' of local Hills Road Sixth Form College (then known as The Cambridgeshire High School For Boys).
- http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Cantabrigian Dictionary.com
- http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantabrigian Merriam-Webster Dictionary
- Cambridge (Massachusetts) Historical Commission FAQ
- Chambers English Dictionary, Cambridge University Press, 1988.
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