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Proper noun[edit]

the States

  1. (informal, chiefly outside of the US) Short for United States.
  2. (historical, US) Those parts of the United States comprising states rather than territories.
    • 1935 November 7, “Ketchikan, Alaska, to Get New Federal Building”, in Christian Science Monitor:
      The structure will house the United States Army signal corps office which maintains radio and cable communication between Alaska and the States
  3. (Channel Islands) The parliament of either of the two Channel Islands countries: the States of Guernsey or the States of Jersey.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 43:
      It wasn't until the Green Shutters was closed down by the States at the beginning of the First World War [] that the whores went into private business in Cornet Street.
    • 2012, The Guernsey Press, 28 Apr 2012:
      It has also led credence to the view of the outgoing chief minister that it is a handful of mischief-making existing deputies who are to blame for the perception that this States is already the worst ever.



  1. plural of State

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