Pennsylvania

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See also: Pennsylvânia

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]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpɛnsɪlˈveɪnɪə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɛnsəlˈveɪnjə/, [ˌpʰɛnsɪ̈lˈveɪ̯njə], [ˌpʰɛnsl̩ˈveɪ̯njə]
  • (file)
    Rhymes: -eɪniə

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

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Danish[edit]

Danish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English Pennsylvania.

Proper noun[edit]

Pennsylvania ‎(genitive Pennsylvanias)

  1. Pennsylvania

Portuguese[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Pennsylvania f

  1. Alternative spelling of Pensilvânia