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U.S.

1.
Uncle Sam.
2.
United Service.

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.
Related forms
pro-United States, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for u. s

u.s.

abbreviation
1.
ubi supra
2.
ut supra
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Word Origin and History for u. s

U.S.

abbreviation for United States, attested from 1834.

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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Related Abbreviations for u. s

u.s.

  1. Latin ubi supra (where mentioned above)
  2. Latin ut supra (as above)

U.S.

  1. Uncle Sam
  2. united service
  3. United States
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