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[ten-uh-see] /ˌtɛn əˈsi/
a state in the SE United States. 42,246 sq. mi. (109,415 sq. km).
Capital: Nashville.
Abbreviation: TN (for use with zip code), Tenn.
a river flowing from E Tennessee through N Alabama, W Tennessee, and SW Kentucky into the Ohio near Paducah. 652 miles (1050 km) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was furthermore suspected that Mr. Bell, of Tennessee, another member of the committee, was opposed to the bill.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858 John William Burgess
  • He was a Tennessee Unionist in whom the planter had unbounded confidence.

  • He remained the Governor of Tennessee for another six years—the three terms in eight years allowed by the constitution.

    Pioneers of the Old Southwest Constance Lindsay Skinner
  • The Tennessee took position with them, but her after action was different.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • I don't keep no tavern, and han't got no accommodation; and what's more, I reckon I'm no Tennessee man.

    Matilda Montgomerie Major (John) Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for Tennessee


a state of the E central US: consists of a plain in the west, rising to the Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau in the east. Capital: Nashville. Pop: 5 841 748 (2003 est). Area: 109 412 sq km (42 244 sq miles) Abbreviation Tenn, (with zip code) TN
a river in the E central US, flowing southwest from E Tennessee into N Alabama, then west and north to the Ohio River at Paducah: the longest tributary of the Ohio; includes a series of dams and reservoirs under the Tennessee Valley Authority. Length: 1049 km (652 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Tennessee

state and river, from Cherokee (Iroquoian) village name ta'nasi', of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Tennessee in Culture

Tennessee definition

State in the south-central United States bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north; North Carolina to the east; Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south; and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. Its capital is Nashville, and its largest city is Memphis.

Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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