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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A state of the western United States on the Pacific Ocean. It was admitted as the 31st state in 1850. The area was colonized by the Spanish and formally ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848). California is often called the Golden State because of its sunny climate and the discovery of gold during its pioneering days. Sacramento is the capital and Los Angeles the largest city. Population: 36,600,000.
  • Gulf ofCalifornia An arm of the Pacific Ocean in northwest Mexico separating Baja California from the mainland.

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  • proper n. A western coastal state of the United States of America. Capital: Sacramento.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

Etymologies

Probably Spanish after California, a Utopian island of the Amazons described in Las Sergas de Esplandián, a 16th century Spanish novel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Should the superdelegates count that republican who crossed over to vote for Obama in Alaska as equal to a california voter even though the delegates for the two states were weighted to give more say to California and other "blue states?"

    MoveOn Petition On Super-Dels: Over A Quarter Million Signatures And Counting

  • Will history find AS CALIFORNIA GOES, SO GOES THE NATION when it comes to a reduction in the number of CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO stations on the air in California?

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Conservative talk radio on the wane in California - Los Angeles Times

  • JOHN CHANG, CALIFORNIA STATE CONTROLLER: The moment we issue IOUs is the moment we run out of cash in the state of California.

    CNN Transcript Jan 17, 2009

  • JERRY BROWN, CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: ... earlier, was using false names and getting prescriptions for thousands of pills without medical necessity and making them available to Anna Nicole Smith who obviously was addicted and all of that violates the law of California.

    CNN Transcript Mar 14, 2009

  • TAMI FARRELL, MISS CALIFORNIA RUNNER-UP: I would be honored to represent the state of California.

    CNN Transcript May 7, 2009

  • JENN ROSS, CALIFORNIA BUDGET PROJECT: Additional federal aid is critical not only for California but for states across the country that are facing substantial budget deficits in the next fiscal year.

    CNN Transcript Dec 23, 2009

  • CALIFORNIA GROWS OUT OF CONTROL: California has always relied on growth as the prescriptive for its budget problems.

    Falling On Hard Times: Four States Of Siege

  • The good guys with lead plaintiff Brian Bennett, an Equality california board member had petitioned the court to hear their arguments that the evil Proposition 8 should be stricken from the statewide ballot because signatures had been gathered with the notion that there would be no financial impact on California since the proposed constitutional amendment would only ban same-sex marriages which had already been banned by statute.

    CA Sup Ct Denies Motion To Knock Prop 8 Of November Ballot

  • JEFFREY SPRING, AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: And what we're seeing here in California is -- people are still wanting to go somewhere for Memorial Day holiday but they're staying closer to home.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2008

  • CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Last night, I met with the attorney general of Baja, California, and heard directly about the hundreds -- thousands of killings going on below the border and the dozens of kidnappings going on on our side of the border; gang related.

    CNN Transcript Jul 9, 2008

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  • And there's a California in Buckinghamshire, though now just a suburb of Aylesbury. See this list of ruthlessly plundered place names.

    July 26, 2011

  • There's a California, Missouri, too.

    July 26, 2011

  • The village in Finchampstead, Berkshire County England, of course.

    July 26, 2011