a city and port in California, US. It is a very beautiful city, built on hills next to a bay (=an area of sea that curves inwards towards the land) on the Pacific Ocean. Its famous areas include Chinatown, where many people live whose families originally came from China, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the prison island of Alcatraz. The city is close to theSan Andreas fault, and was almost destroyed by the great earthquake and fire of 1906.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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