a state in the NE United States, on the Atlantic coast. 8257 sq. mi. (21,385 sq. km). Capital: Boston. Abbreviation: MA (for use with zip code), Mass. Unabridged


noun, plural Massachusetts (especially collectively) Massachusett for 1.
a member of an extinct tribe of North American Indians of eastern Massachusetts.
the extinct Algonquian language of the Massachusett and Wampanoag Indians.
Also, Massachuset, Massachusetts.

1610–20, Americanism; the Massachusett name of Great Blue Hill south of Boston, literally, at the big hill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To massachusetts
World English Dictionary
Massachuset or Massachusetts (ˌmæsəˈtʃuːsɪt)
n , -sets, -set, -setts
1.  a member of a North American Indian people formerly living around Massachusetts Bay
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
[probably from Algonquian, literally: at the big hill]
Massachusetts or Massachusetts
[probably from Algonquian, literally: at the big hill]

Massachusetts (ˌmæsəˈtʃuːsɪts)
Mass, Abbreviation: MA 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)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

plural, originally (1614) in ref. to the Algonquian native people who lived around the bay, from Algonquian Massachusett "at the large hill," in ref. to Great Blue Hill, southwest of Boston.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary

Massachusetts definition

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.

Note: One of the thirteen colonies, playing a key role in resisting the British before and during the Revolutionary War.
Note: The settlement of Massachusetts began in 1620, when the first Pilgrims arrived from England in the Mayflower near Plymouth Rock.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature