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[kar-uh-lahy-nuh; for 3 also Spanish kah-raw-lee-nah] /ˌkær əˈlaɪ nə; for 3 also Spanish ˌkɑ rɔˈli nɑ/
a former English colony on the Atlantic coast of North America: officially divided into North Carolina and South Carolina in 1729.
a city in NE Puerto Rico, SE of San Juan.
Also called the Carolinas. North Carolina and South Carolina. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for the-carolinas


a former English colony on the E coast of North America, first established in 1663: divided in 1729 into North and South Carolina, which are often referred to as the Carolinas
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Word Origin and History for the-carolinas
1663, N.Amer. colony named for King Charles II (the L. form of the male proper name is Carolus). Earlier Fr. colonists called the region Caroline (1564) in honor of Charles IX, King of France. A 1629 grant here by Charles I of England was named Carolana. The original site of the name is modern S. Carolina and the tract originally included N. Carolina and Georgia; North Carolina first used 1691, in ref. to settlements made from Virginia. The official division into north and south dates from 1710.
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