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Louisville (pronunciation: /ˈluːɪvɪl/)

Louisville is a city in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the largest city in the state and is known for its history, culture, and the annual Kentucky Derby horse race.


The city of Louisville was named after King Louis XVI of France in appreciation for his assistance during the American Revolutionary War. The name is derived from the French "Louis", meaning "famous warrior", and the Old English "ville", meaning "city" or "town".

Related Terms

  • Kentucky Derby: An annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the most famous horse race in the United States and is often referred to as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports".
  • Bourbon: A type of American whiskey that is primarily produced in the state of Kentucky. Louisville is home to several major bourbon distilleries.
  • Louisville Slugger: A brand of baseball bat that is manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a popular tourist attraction in the city.
  • University of Louisville: A public university located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is known for its programs in medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

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