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[ nan-tuhk-it ]
/ nænˈtʌk ɪt /


an island off SE Massachusetts: summer resort. 15 miles (24 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nantucket


/ (nænˈtʌkɪt) /


an island off SE Massachusetts: formerly a centre of the whaling industry; now a resort. Length: nearly 24 km (15 miles). Width: 5 km (3 miles). Pop (county and town): 10 724 (2003 est)
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 nantucket


island off Massachusetts, early forms include Natocke, Nantican, Nautican; from an obscure southern New England Algonquian word, perhaps meaning "in the middle of waters." Related: Nantucketer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for nantucket


Resort island off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.


Center of whaling industry during the nineteenth century.
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