[pen-suh l-veyn-yuh, -vey-nee-uh] /ˌpɛn səlˈveɪn yə, -ˈveɪ ni ə/
a state in the E United States. 45,333 sq. mi. (117,410 sq. km).
Abbreviation: PA (for use with zip code), Pa., Penn., Penna.
a state of the northeastern US: almost wholly in the Appalachians, with the Allegheny Plateau to the west and a plain in the southeast; the second most important US state for manufacturing. Capital: Harrisburg. Pop: 12 365 455 (2003 est). Area: 116 462 sq km (44 956 sq miles) Abbreviation Pa, Penn, Penna, (with zip code) PA
American colony, later U.S. state, 1681, literally “Penn’s Woods,” a hybrid formed from the surname Penn (Welsh, literally “head”) + Latin sylvania (see sylvan). Not named for William Penn, the proprietor, but, on suggestion of Charles II, for Penn’s late father, Admiral William Penn (1621-1670), who had lent the king the money that was repaid to the son in the form of land for a Quaker settlement in America. The story goes that the younger Penn wanted to call it New Wales, but the king’s secretary, a Welshman of orthodox religion, wouldn’t hear of it. Pennsylvania Dutch is attested from 1824.
State in the northeastern United States bordered by Lake Erie and New York to the north; New Jersey to the east; Delaware, Maryland, and West Virginia to the south; and Ohio to the west. Its capital is Harrisburg, and its largest city is Philadelphia.
Note: One of the thirteen colonies.
Note: Named after the father of William Penn, a devout Quaker, who was granted proprietary rights by the king of England to almost the whole of what is now Pennsylvania in the late seventeenth century.
[pen-saw-kin] /pɛnˈsɔ kɪn/ noun 1. a township in W New Jersey, on the Delaware River.
noun 1. the descendants of 17th- and 18th-century settlers in Pennsylvania from southwest Germany and Switzerland. 2. Also called Pennsylvania German. a dialect of High German with an admixture of English spoken mainly in eastern Pennsylvania, developed from the language of these settlers. 3. the folk style of applied and decorative art developed by the […]
[pen-suh l-veyn-yuh n, -vey-nee-uh n] /ˌpɛn səlˈveɪn yən, -ˈveɪ ni ən/ adjective 1. of or relating to the state of . 2. Geology. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, occurring from about 310 to 280 million years ago and characterized by warm climates, swampy land areas, and the development of insects […]
noun 1. . noun 1. a long-barreled muzzleloading flintlock rifle developed near Lancaster, Pa., in the early 18th century and widely used on the frontier.