from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A state of the northeast United States. It was admitted as one of the original Thirteen Colonies in 1788. The first European settlement was made by the Pilgrims of the Mayflower in 1620. Governed by the Massachusetts Bay Company from 1629 until 1684, the colony was a leader in the move for independence from Great Britain and the site of the first battles of the Revolutionary War in 1775. Boston is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,450,000.
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- proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Boston.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of the Algonquian people who formerly lived around Massachusetts Bay
- n. a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
- n. the Algonquian language of the Massachuset
- n. one of the British colonies that formed the United States
From Algonquian *Massachusetts (“at the large hill”). A reference to the indigenous people who lived around Massachusetts Bay and at Great Blue Hill. (Wiktionary)