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United States

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.
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pro-United States, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As usual, aid had to be summoned from a distance; and, as usual, the united-states troops were the chief reliance.

    Black Rebellion Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Anyway, he come home from Jonesville perfectly rampant with the idee of bein' united-states senator.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
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united states


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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