[ uhp-steyt ]

  1. the part of a state that is farther north or farther from the chief city, especially the northerly part of New York State.

  1. of or coming from such an area.

  2. located in or characteristic of this part.

  1. in, to, or into the upstate area.

Origin of upstate

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; up- + state

Other words from upstate

  • upstater, noun

Words Nearby upstate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use upstate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for upstate


/ (ˈʌpˈsteɪt) US /

adjective, adverb
  1. towards, in, from, or relating to the outlying or northern sections of a state, esp of New York State

  1. the outlying, esp northern, sections of a state

Derived forms of upstate

  • upstater, noun

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