Maine

[meyn]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. a historical region and former province in NW France.
  3. (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.
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Maine

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for maine

Maine

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

maine in Culture

Maine

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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