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Definition of the noun pennsylvania

What does pennsylvania mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: -

  1. a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of Pennsylvania: Keystone State / PA / Pa.
    • instance of: American state = one of the 50 states of the United States
    • part of: America / the States / U.S. / U.S.A. / United States / United States of America / US / USA = North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; Mid-Atlantic states = a region of the eastern United States comprising New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Delaware and Maryland
    • parts:
      • University of Pennsylvania / Penn = a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      • Allentown = a city in eastern Pennsylvania
      • Altoona = a town in central Pennsylvania
      • Bethlehem = a town in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River to the northwest of Philadelphia
      • Erie = a port city on Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania
      • Gettysburg = a small town in southern Pennsylvania
      • capital of Pennsylvania / Harrisburg = capital of Pennsylvania
      • Chester = a city of southeastern Pennsylvania on the Delaware river
      • City of Brotherly Love / Philadelphia = the largest city in Pennsylvania; located in the southeastern part of the state on the Delaware river; site of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed
      • Pittsburgh = a city in southwestern Pennsylvania where the confluence of the Allegheny River and Monongahela River forms the Ohio River; long an important urban industrial area
      • Allegheny Mountains / Alleghenies = the western part of the Appalachian Mountains
      • Allegheny River / Allegheny = a river that rises in Pennsylvania and flows north into New York and then back south through Pennsylvania again to join the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh which is the beginning of the Ohio River
      • Blue Ridge Mountains / Blue Ridge = a range of the Appalachians extending from southern Pennsylvania to northern Georgia
      • Lehigh River = a river in eastern Pennsylvania that flows southeast into the Delaware River
      • Monongahela River / Monongahela = a river that rises in northern West Virginia and flows north into Pennsylvania where it joins the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River
      • Susquehanna River / Susquehanna = a river in the northeastern United States that rises in New York and flows southward through Pennsylvania and Maryland into Chesapeake Bay
  2. one of the British colonies that formed the United States
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • instance of: Colony = one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States
  3. a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of Pennsylvania: Penn / University of Pennsylvania
    • instance of: university = establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching
    • part of: Keystone State / PA / Pa. = a Mid-Atlantic state
    • member of: Ivy League = a league of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige


  1. Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and the Great Lakes region. The state borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada to the northwest, New York to the north and New Jersey to the east. The Appalachian Mountains run through the middle of the state.
  2. Pennsylvania is a small village in South Gloucestershire, England. It is situated on the A46 near the historic cities of Bristol and Bath.
    • also known as Pennsylvania, South Gloucestershire
    • part of United Kingdom
  3. Pennsylvania: The steamboat Pennsylvania was a side wheeler steamboat which suffered a boiler explosion in the Mississippi River and sank at Ship Island near Memphis, Tennessee, on June 13, 1858.
    • also known as Pennsylvania Steamboat

There are other places with in their name, like Mars Pennsylvania, Hotel Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Avenue, Pennsylvania Station, Western Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Route 74, Pennsylvania Township, Province of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Capitol, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal, State Museum of Pennsylvania, York College of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Ashes scattered in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania College of Technology.


  1. "Pennsylvania" is the official state song of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The song was written and composed by Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner and serves as the official song for all public purposes. State Representative Frank L. Oliver introduced the bill for the song, and it was adopted by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Robert P. Casey on November 29, 1990.
  2. "Pennsylvania" is Pere Ubu's eleventh studio album. The album marks Tom Herman's return to Pere Ubu's studio work after a twenty-year absence.


  1. "Pennsylvania" is a book by Victoria Sherrow.
    • also known as "The Thirteen Colonies - Pennsylvania (The Thirteen Colonies)", The Thirteen Colonies - Pennsylvania
  2. "Pennsylvania" is a book by Kay Cornelius.
    • genres: Romance novel, Fiction
  3. "Pennsylvania" is a book by Robert I. Vexler.
  4. "Pennsylvania" is a book by Sylvester Kirby Stevens.
    • also known as "Pennsylvania: a students' guide to localized history"


  1. Pennsylvania a.k.a. SS Pennsylvania was an iron passenger-cargo steamship built by William Cramp & Sons in 1872. The first of a series of four Pennsylvania-class vessels and the lead ship in her class, Pennsylvania and her three sister ships - Ohio, Indiana and Illinois - were the largest iron ships ever built in the United States at the time of their construction, and amongst the first to be fitted with compound steam engines. They were also the first ships to challenge British dominance of the transatlantic trade since the American Civil War.
  2. Pennsylvania: A state in the mid-atlantic United States. Its capital is Harrisburg.

Phrases with Pennsylvania

Phrases starting with the word Pennsylvania:

  1. Pennsylvania Rush
  2. pennsylvania dutch
  3. Pennsylvania Sedge
  4. Pennsylvania Lucine
  5. Pennsylvania Catchfly
  6. Pennsylvania Clubmoss
  7. Pennsylvania Hawthorn
  8. Pennsylvania Knotweed
  9. Pennsylvania Buttercup
  10. Pennsylvania Dung Moss
  11. Pennsylvania Pellitory
  12. Pennsylvania Saxifrage
  13. Pennsylvania Smartweed
  14. Pennsylvania Blackberry
  15. Pennsylvania Cinquefoil
  16. Pennsylvania Bittercress

Phrases ending with the word Pennsylvania:

  1. Eatonia Pennsylvania
  2. Fraxinus Pennsylvania
  3. capital of pennsylvania

Other phrase containing the word Pennsylvania:

  1. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

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Printed books with definitions for Pennsylvania

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Google previewPennsylvania Snacks (2000)

A Guide to Food Factory Tours by Sharon Hernes Silverman

Pennsylvania is the nation's snackfood capital.

Google previewThe Hotel World (1919)

The Hotel and Travelers Journal

The most notable thing about the lobby, lounging rooms and other public parts of the Pennsylvania is that immense crowds can be handled without confusion or congestion. That is not a necessary consequence of its size; the lobby, ...

Google previewIncreased Price of Coal (1920)

Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee ... to Hold Hearings in Order to Make Inquiry Into the Causes which Have Brought about the Enormous Increase in the Market Price of Coal and to Report ... with a View to Congressional Or Executive Action ... Aug. 26, 1919-Apr. 29, 1920 by United States. Congress. Senate. Interstate Commerce Committee

Central Pennsylvania is a complex district. There is some very good coal produced up there and there is some very poor coal. There is more of the poor coal than of the good coal. The poor coal went off in price and the higher-grade coal went ...

Google previewTwo Men With A Mission (2007)

by J.E. Hall

Especially you, Leo, since Pennsylvania is a long way from New Mexico. As you' ve ...

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Quotes about Pennsylvania

We are the second oldest state in the Union because too many of our young people are leaving Pennsylvania. They are leaving Pennsylvania behind for opportunities elsewhere. (Edward G. Rendell)
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Scrabble value of P3E1N1N1S1Y4L1V4A1N1I1A1

The value of this 12-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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