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[nan-tuhk-it] /nænˈtʌk ɪt/
an island off SE Massachusetts: summer resort. 15 miles (24 km) long. Unabridged
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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.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for Nantucket


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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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
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Nantucket in Culture

Nantucket definition

Resort island off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Note: Center of whaling industry during the nineteenth century.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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