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United States

noun
  1. a republic in the N Western Hemisphere comprising 48 conterminous states, the District of Columbia, and Alaska in North America, and Hawaii in the N Pacific. Conterminous United States, 3,022,387 sq. mi. (7,827,982 sq. km); with Alaska and Hawaii, 3,615,122 sq. mi. (9,363,166 sq. km). Capital: Washington, D.C. Abbreviation: U.S., US
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Related formspro-U·nit·ed States, adjective
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AmericaColumbiaU.S.U.S.A.USUSA

Examples from the Web for united states

Historical Examples

  • As usual, aid had to be summoned from a distance; and, as usual, the United-States troops were the chief reliance.

    Black Rebellion

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Anyway, he come home from Jonesville perfectly rampant with the idee of bein' United-States senator.

    Sweet Cicely

    Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley


Word Origin and History for united states

n.

attested from 1617, originally with reference to Holland; the North American confederation first so called in 1776. United Provinces were the seven northern provinces of the Netherlands, allied from 1579, later developing into the kingdom of Holland.

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