Cantabrigian (often shortened to Cantab) 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;[1][2] or 2) to refer to what is of or pertaining to the cities of Cambridge, England and Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3] 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[3] and (abbreviated to "Cantab") in the seal of the Episcopal Divinity School, located therein. The word Cantabrigia appears in the circular logo of the Cambridge Trust Company, a financial institution based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 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 by students of Cambridge to refer to themselves.[citation needed]

It is also the name of one of the Rugby clubs based in Cambridge, England. Cantabrigian Rugby Club formerly The Old Cantabrigian RUFC, was established by the 'old boys' of local Hills Road Sixth Form College (formerly The Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, until 1974). 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).

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  2. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  3. ^ a b "Cambridge (Massachusetts) Historical Commission FAQ". Archived from the original on May 16, 2014.


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