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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. 2016.
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  • It was there and then this fatal epidemic first appeared in the United States.

  • The pension system in the United States is an abuse which has escaped from control.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • A telegraphic despatch was put in his hands, sent through the United States.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • In 1841 the United States Navy did not possess a single steamship.

    Stories of New Jersey Frank Richard Stockton
  • Large quantities are consumed in England and 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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