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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, published 2007, page 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 April 28, The Guernsey Press:
      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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Unadapted borrowing from English States.


  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈstejts/ [ˈsteɪ̯ts], /isˈtej.t͡ʃis/ [isˈteɪ̯.t͡ʃis]
    • (Rio de Janeiro) IPA(key): /ˈstejt͡ʃ/ [ˈsteɪ̯t͡ʃ], /iʃˈtej.t͡ʃiʃ/ [iʃˈteɪ̯.t͡ʃiʃ]

Proper noun[edit]

States m pl

  1. (colloquial) United States


For quotations using this term, see Citations:States.