Cantabrigian is an adjective that is used in two meanings: 1) to refer to what is of or pertaining to Cambridge University or Harvard University, as both are located in towns named Cambridge;12 or 2) to refer to what is of or pertaining to the locales 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 seal3 and (abbreviated to "Cantab") in the seal of the Episcopal Divinity School, located therein. A pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called the Cantab Lounge is a play on this abbreviation and perhaps its homophony with the 'can tab' of a beer can.original research?
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 (and sometimes with fondness) by the very students of Cambridge to refer to themselves. It is also the name of one of the Rugby clubs based in Cambridge, England. Cantabrigian Rugby Club was established by the 'old boys' of local Hills Road Sixth Form College and the grounds and club house are located on Long Road opposite the Sixth Form College of the same name (Long Road Sixth Form College) on Sedley Taylor Road. 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). Its boathouse is in Lynfield Lane, Cambridge.
- http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Cantabrigian Dictionary.com
- http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantabrigian Merriam-Webster Dictionary
- Cambridge (Massachusetts) Historical Commission FAQ
- Chambers English Dictionary, Cambridge University Press, 1988.