[aw-guhs-tuh, uh-guhs-]


a city in E Georgia, on the Savannah River.
a city in and the capital of Maine, in the SW part, on the Kennebec River.
a female given name.




a state in the NE United States, on the Atlantic coast. 33,215 sq. mi. (86,027 sq. km). Capital: Augusta. Abbreviation: ME (for use with zip code), Me.
a historical region and former province in NW France.
(italics) a U.S. battleship blown up in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, on February 15, 1898: this incident stimulated popular support in the U.S. for the Spanish-American War. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of augusta

Historical Examples of augusta

  • Now, there's Augusta Hartong—those mixed-pickle millionaires, you know.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I thought I heard you finding fault with Augusta when I came in.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • Peyton, History of Augusta County, 345, where will be found the entire letter.

    Patrick Henry

    Moses Coit Tyler

  • Do you know, Augusta, that they say he is actually worth two millions?

  • All the time Augusta was lavishing on me secret but delicious endearments.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for augusta



a city in the US, in Georgia. Pop: 193 316 (2003 est) (including Richmond)
a port in S Italy, in E Sicily. Pop: 33 820 (2001)
a town in the US, in Maine: the state capital; founded (1628) as a trading post; timber industry. Pop: 18 618 (2003 est)



a state of the northeastern US, on the Atlantic: chiefly hilly, with many lakes, rivers, and forests. Capital: Augusta. Pop: 1 305 728 (2003 est). Area: 86 156 sq km (33 265 sq miles)Abbreviation: Me, (with zip code) ME
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 augusta


fem. proper name, Latin fem. of Augustus.


U.S. state, probably ultimately from French Maine, region in France (named for the river that runs through it, which has a name of Gaulish origin). The name was applied to that part of coastal North America by French explorers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

augusta in Culture


State in the northeastern United States; northernmost of the New England states. Bordered by Quebec, Canada, to the northwest; New Brunswick, Canada, to the northeast; the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast; and New Hampshire to the west. Its capital is Augusta, and Portland is its largest city.

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