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New England

an area in the NE United States, including the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Related forms
New Englander, noun
New Englandish, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nowhere is conscience so dominant and all-absorbing as with New England women.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • It was that principle that was the real kernel of the New England dream in this country.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • To me it was really entertaining; I had never been in the depths of New England at that season.

    Four Meetings Henry James
  • Such was the rule in New England until the end of the seventeenth century.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • New France was colonized by a government, New England by a people.

British Dictionary definitions for New England

New England

the NE part of the US, consisting of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut: settled originally chiefly by Puritans in the mid-17th century
a region in SE Australia, in the northern tablelands of New South Wales
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Word Origin and History for New England

1616, named by Capt. John Smith. As an adjective, New English (1630s) is older than New Englandish (1863).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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New England in Culture

New England definition

Region in the northeastern United States that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Note: The region is thought to have been named by Captain John Smith for its resemblance to the English coast.
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