Pennsylvania

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Map of US highlighting Pennsylvania

Etymology[edit]

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, from silvanus, meaning "woods," thus "Pennsylvania."

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Pennsylvania

  1. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Harrisburg; largest city: Philadelphia.
  2. The first, and historically largest, now defunct US railroad, a hallmark of the industrial age.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (US state): PA

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]