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United States

a republic in the N Western Hemisphere comprising 48 conterminous states, the District of Columbia, and Alaska in North America, and Hawaii in the N Pacific. Conterminous United States, 3,022,387 sq. mi. (7,827,982 sq. km); with Alaska and Hawaii, 3,615,122 sq. mi. (9,363,166 sq. km).
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Abbreviation: U.S., US.
Related forms
pro-United States, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was no such thing then as a citizen of the United States of and by itself.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • The State exists only as an integral portion of the United States.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • It is from these mounds that we discover the most that we know about early man in the United States.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Do you, like all the rest of us, want to be President of the United States?

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It was there and then this fatal epidemic first appeared in the United States.

Word Origin and History for United States

united states


attested from 1617, originally with reference to Holland; the North American confederation first so called in 1776. United Provinces were the seven northern provinces of the Netherlands, allied from 1579, later developing into the kingdom of Holland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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