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USA

1.
United States of America.
2.
United States Army.
3.
Trademark. USA Network: a cable television channel.

U.S.A.

1.
Union of South Africa.
2.
United States of America.
3.
United States Army.

U.S.A.

1.
a trilogy of novels (1939) by John Dos Passos, consisting of The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money.
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  • USA ka tarúrut mani, Peanuts in a piece of paper rolled into a cone.

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  • The USA struggling to secure its superiority in an emerging multi-polar, multi-ethnic, fractured world.

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  • Ca serves also to join the numbers to the nouns, thus: USA cataoo.

  • The film has recently been re-made but has not yet reached the USA.

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British Dictionary definitions for USA

USA

abbreviation
1.
United States Army
2.
United States of America (international car registration)

U.S.A.

abbreviation
1.
United States of America
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Word Origin and History for USA

also U.S.A., abbreviation of United States of America, in use by 1814 in addresses, etc.; not common otherwise before c.1920. Before then it often also meant United States Army.

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Related Abbreviations for USA

USA

1.
United States Army
2.
United States of America
3.
United States of America (international vehicle ID)
4.
USA (cable television network)
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