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Definition of Smithsonian

Smithsonian

  1. Of or pertaining to the Englishman J. L. M. Smithson, or to the national institution of learning which he endowed at Washington, D. C.; as, the Smithsonian Institution; Smithsonian Reports.
  2. The Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian Quotations

The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, actually, was an effort to put something on the mall in Washington so American tourists could walk through America, and in their minds everything on the mall would be American.
Bernice Johnson Reagon

The turntable is now an instrument at the Smithsonian.
Ajay Naidu

The Smithsonian museums are among this country's most endearing treasures and I look forward to helping maintain and enhance their coveted works of art.
Xavier Becerra

I've got a portrait in the Smithsonian. Who ever thought that would happen?
Tommy Lasorda

When was the last time you bought an American-made radio or television? If you're Gen X or younger, the answer is 'never.' Does the label on that shirt or skirt you're wearing say 'Made in the U.S.A.'? If so, you probably got it at Goodwill, or maybe at a Smithsonian garage sale.
Seth Shostak
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