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[meyn] /meɪn/
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.
a historical region and former province in NW France.
(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. Unabridged
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  • Till he went to Maine he had never seen phosphorescent wood—a phenomenon early familiar to most country boys.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • The "womenfolks" from Maine were at Elkhorn when Roosevelt arrived.

  • Among the troops in the far Southwest were two or three regiments from Maine, the northeasternmost of all the States.

  • And of engravers there were but four between Maine and Georgia.

  • But, when the cups were put down, Maine drove the French authors in a pack out of the conversation.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for Maine


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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
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Maine in Culture

Maine definition

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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