from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A state of the eastern United States. It was admitted as one of the original Thirteen Colonies in 1787. Explored by Europeans in the early 1600s, the region was settled by Swedes in 1634 and granted by royal charter to William Penn in 1681. The Mason-Dixon Line (surveyed in 1763-1767) established the southern boundary of the colony and was extended westward in 1784. Pennsylvania played a crucial role in the American Revolution and in the formation of the new republic. Harrisburg is the capital, and Philadelphia is the largest city. Population: 12,400,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Harrisburg; largest city: Philadelphia.
- proper n. The first, and historically largest, now defunct US railroad, a hallmark of the industrial age.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
- n. one of the British colonies that formed the United States
- n. a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On March 4, 1681, Charles II of England granted a land tract to William Penn for the area that now includes Pennsylvania. Penn then founded a colony there as a place of religious freedom for Quakers, and named it for the Latin sylvania meaning "woods," thus "Pennsylvania." (Wiktionary)