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

  • A state of the eastern United States on Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It was admitted as one of the original Thirteen Colonies in 1788. Early colonizing attempts (1584-1587) by Sir Walter Raleigh failed, but in 1607 colonists dispatched by the London Company established the first permanent settlement at Jamestown (May 13). Virginia was a prime force in the move for independence and was the site of Lord Cornwallis's surrender in 1781. Virginia seceded in April 1861 and was the scene of many major battles during the Civil War, including the final campaigns that led to the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Richmond is the capital and Virginia Beach the largest city. Population: 7,710,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Richmond. Largest city: Virginia Beach.
  • proper n. A female given name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the States of the United States of America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A favorite commercial brand of tobacco, grown and manufactured in Virginia.

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

  • n. one of the British colonies that formed the United States
  • n. a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
  • n. a town in northeastern Minnesota in the heart of the Mesabi Range


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From Latin Virginia, feminine form of Virginius or Verginius, a Roman family name, possibly identical with Vergilius. The state was named for Elizabeth I as the Virgin Queen.



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