Definitions

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

  • A state of the east-central United States. It was admitted as the 15th state in 1792. Daniel Boone's Transylvania Company made the first permanent settlement in the area in 1775. By the Treaty of Paris (1783) the territory became part of the United States. Frankfort is the capital and Lexington the largest city. Population: 4,240,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Frankfort; largest city: Louisville. Formally known as the Commonwealth of Kentucky, one of four such states known as Commonwealths.
  • proper n. A village on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. One of the United States.

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

  • n. a state in east central United States; a border state during the American Civil War; famous for breeding race horses

Etymologies

Unclear. Possibly from Iroquoian kenhtake, meaning prairie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some of our favorites: KENTUCKY CATNAP: The lines sure moved fast at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky, on Feb. 20 -- because a security screener fell asleep.

    PERISCOPE

  • JERRY LUNDERGAN, CLINTON CAMPAIGN KENTUCKY CO-CHAIR: We need to send Hillary Clinton out of Kentucky with the biggest majority that any state could ever have done.

    CNN Transcript May 20, 2008

  • JEREMY HORTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KENTUCKY DEMOCRATIC PARTY: I think that you're seeing in Democrats in Kentucky a real quiet resolve to make sure that this vote that they have makes a difference.

    CNN Transcript May 19, 2008

  • KENTUCKY DEMOCRATIC PARTY: I think that you're seeing in Democrats in Kentucky a real quiet resolve to make sure that this vote that they have makes a difference.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2008

  • These men were especially numerous and powerful in Kentucky, and they had as their organ the sole newspaper of the State, the _Kentucky

    The Winning of the West, Volume 4 Louisiana and the Northwest, 1791-1807

  • MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME by Stephen Foster The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home, 'Tis summer, the people are gay; The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom, While the birds make music all the day.

    WN.com - Articles related to Kentucky castle turned into popular luxury hotel

  • KENTUCKY HOME by Stephen Foster The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home, 'Tis summer, the people are gay; The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom, While the birds make music all the day.

    WN.com - Articles related to Kentucky castle turned into popular luxury hotel

  • KENTUCKY: "U.S. Senate hopeful Trey Grayson portrayed his main Republican rival Monday as a 'grandstander' who could lose sight of Kentucky in favor of the tea party movement as candidates made their final push before the state's primary election Tuesday," the

    First Read

  • KENTUCKY Six Dead After Man Shoots Wife, Others in Trailer Park Nothing seemed amiss when Robert Collins heard someone had fired gunshots in his trailer park in rural eastern Kentucky.

    U.S. Watch

  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO KENTUCKY DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPPORTERS duPont Manual High School Louisville, Kentucky

    Remarks By The President In Louisville Kentucky

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