Definitions

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

  • A state of the southeast United States. It was admitted as the 16th state in 1796. First visited by the Spanish in 1540, the region was explored by Daniel Boone in 1769 and became part of the United States in 1783. The short-lived state of Franklin (1784-1788) formed the basis for the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio (1790) and the later state of Tennessee. Nashville is the capital and Memphis the largest city. Population: 6,160,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Nashville.
  • proper n. A river flowing generally westward 652 miles from eastern Tennessee into the Ohio River in Kentucky.

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

  • n. a state in east central United States
  • n. a river formed by the confluence of two other rivers near Knoxville; it follows a U-shaped course to become a tributary of the Ohio River in western Kentucky

Etymologies

From Cherokee ᏔᎾᏏ (tanisi), believed to mean “winding river”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • TENNESSEE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: ISLAM IS NOT A REAL RELIGION - And here we thought Zach Wamp's flirtations with secession were the strangest thing coming out of the Republican gubernatorial race in Tennessee.

    HUFFPOST HILL - JULY 27TH, 2010

  • TENNESSEE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: ISLAM IS NOT A REAL RELIGION- And here we thought Zach Wamp's flirtations with secession were the strangest thing coming out of the Republican gubernatorial race in Tennessee.

    HUFFPOST HILL - JULY 27TH, 2010

  • ROGER RICKMAN, SELMER, TENNESSEE POLICE: On March 22nd, 2006, the body of Matthew Winkler was found in his home in Selmer, Tennessee.

    CNN Transcript Mar 24, 2006

  • BOB CORKER (R), TENNESSEE SENATORIAL CANDIDATE: People across the state of Tennessee realize that this is a choice.

    CNN Transcript Nov 6, 2006

  • BOB CORKER (R), TENNESSEE SENATE CANDIDATE: It was a strong head wind working against us, but in the end the choice belonged to the good people of Tennessee.

    CNN Transcript Nov 8, 2006

  • HAROLD FORD (D), TENNESSEE, SENATE CANDIDATE: I think this race boils down to turnout here in Tennessee.

    CNN Transcript Nov 6, 2006

  • (D), TENNESSEE SENATORIAL CANDIDATE: I've got great faith in the voters in Tennessee that they're going to go vote for the person they believe can best represent them.

    CNN Transcript Nov 1, 2006

  • TENNESSEE: Another Southern state, Tennessee, could be among the hardest hit by the president's proposed budget.

    Bush Budget to Hit Tennessee Hard

  • MARK GWYN, TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION: Based on the violent act that they perpetrated in Kingston, Tennessee, we really felt like that, you know, we didn't want anyone else hurt.

    CNN Transcript Aug 11, 2005

  • TENNESSEE: Benefits 242,000 workers in Tennessee, representing 16.7 percent of all hourly workers in the state.

    Minimum Wage Raise Benefits On State By State Basis

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