[ap-uh-ley-chee-uh, -chuh, -lach-ee-uh, -lach-uh]
  1. Geology. a Paleozoic landmass, the erosion of which provided the sediments to form the rocks of the Appalachian Mountains.
  2. a region in the E United States, in the area of the S Appalachian Mountains, usually including NE Alabama, NW Georgia, NW South Carolina, E Tennessee, W Virginia, E Kentucky, West Virginia, and SW Pennsylvania. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of appalachia

  • And then he'd show Rusche some of the high spots of the low-number levels of Appalachia.

    Second Sight

    Basil Eugene Wells

  • The Ordovician sea stretched from Appalachia across the Mississippi valley.

    The Elements of Geology

    William Harmon Norton

  • The feud epoch has ceased throughout the greater part of Appalachia.

  • So in Appalachia, one steps shortly from the railway into the primitive.

  • “The motives of two centuries ago” are the motives of present-day Appalachia.

British Dictionary definitions for appalachia


  1. a highland region of the eastern US, containing the Appalachian Mountains, extending from Pennsylvania to Alabama
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for appalachia


"cultural and geographical region of inland Eastern U.S.," 1880s, from the Appalachian Mountains, which are its core. Earlier Appalachia was proposed as a better name for "United States of America" by Washington Irving in 1839 (though he preferred Alleghenia) and this may have been the coinage of the word.

It is a thousand pities that the puny witticisms of a few professional objectors should have the power to prevent, even for a year, the adoption of a name for our country. At present we have, clearly, none. There should be no hesitation about "Appalachia." In the first place, it is distinctive. "America" is not, and can never be made so. We may legislate as much as we please, and assume for our country whatever name we think right — but to use it will be no name, to any purpose for which a name is needed, unless we can take it away from the regions which employ it at present. South America is "America," and will insist upon remaining so. [Edgar Allan Poe, 1846]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

appalachia in Culture


[(ap-uh-lay-chuh, ap-uh-lach-uh)]

A mountainous region in the eastern United States, running from northern Alabama to Pennsylvania, and including parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and all of West Virginia.


A major coal-mining center and one of the most impoverished regions of the country.
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