Massachusetts

[ mas-uh-choo-sits ]
/ ˌmæs əˈtʃu sɪts /

noun

a state in the NE United States, on the Atlantic coast. 8,257 sq. mi. (21,385 sq. km). Capital: Boston. Abbreviation: MA (for use with zip code), Mass.

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British Dictionary definitions for Massachusetts

Massachusetts
/ (ˌmæsəˈtʃuːsɪts) /

noun

a state of the northeastern US, on the Atlantic: a centre of resistance to English colonial policy during the War of American Independence; consists of a coastal plain rising to mountains in the west. Capital: Boston. Pop: 6 433 422 (2003 est). Area: 20 269 sq km (7826 sq miles)Abbreviation: Mass, (with zip code) MA
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Cultural definitions for Massachusetts

Massachusetts

State in the northeastern United States; one of the New England states. Bordered by Vermont and New Hampshire to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, and New York to the west. Its capital and largest city is Boston.

notes for Massachusetts

One of the thirteen colonies, playing a key role in resisting the British before and during the Revolutionary War.

notes for Massachusetts

The settlement of Massachusetts began in 1620, when the first Pilgrims arrived from England in the Mayflower near Plymouth Rock.
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