- a seaport in Avon, in SW England, on the Avon River near its confluence with the Severn estuary.
- a city in central Connecticut.
- a city in NE Tennessee, contiguous with but politically independent of Bristol, Virginia.
- a town in E Rhode Island.
- a city in SW Virginia.
- a town in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River.
- Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, considered as a unit.
- British slang a woman’s breasts
- City of Bristol a port and industrial city in SW England, mainly in Bristol unitary authority, on the River Avon seven miles from its mouth on the Bristol Channel: a major port, trading with America, in the 17th and 18th centuries; the modern port consists chiefly of docks at Avonmouth and Portishead; noted for the Clifton Suspension Bridge (designed by I. K. Brunel, 1834) over the Avon gorge; Bristol university (1909) and University of the West of England (1992). Pop: 420 556 (2001)
- City of Bristol a unitary authority in SW England, created in 1996 from part of Avon county. Pop: 391 500 (2003 est). Area: 110 sq km (42 sq miles)
City in western England, Middle English Bridgestow, from Old English Brycgstow, literally “assembly place by a bridge” (see (n.) + ). A local peculiarity of pronunciation adds -l to words ending in vowels. Of a type of pottery, 1776; of a type of glass, 1880. In British slang, “breast,” 1961, from Bristol cities, rhyming slang for titties.