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Nantucket

[nan-tuhk-it]
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noun
  1. an island off SE Massachusetts: summer resort. 15 miles (24 km) long.
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  • The pavement then was round cobble stones, like some of the roads in Nantucket.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Nantucket and Cape Cod are next-door neighbors, as you might say!

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He glanced at the postmark, saw that it was Nantucket, and stuck the note behind the clock.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The lady from Nantucket hastily rose and wiped her eyes with her apron.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The lady from Nantucket looked up into his face with a happy laugh.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for nantucket

Nantucket

noun
  1. an island off SE Massachusetts: formerly a centre of the whaling industry; now a resort. Length: nearly 24 km (15 miles). Width: 5 km (3 miles). Pop (county and town): 10 724 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for nantucket

Nantucket

island off Massachusetts, early forms include Natocke, Nantican, Nautican; from an obscure southern New England Algonquian word, perhaps meaning "in the middle of waters." Related: Nantucketer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nantucket in Culture

Nantucket

Resort island off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Note

Center of whaling industry during the nineteenth century.
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