New Jersey

geographical name

Definition of New Jersey

state in the eastern U.S. bordering on Lower New York Bay, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean and separated from Pennsylvania and Delaware by the Delaware River; capital Trenton area 7787 square miles (20,168 square kilometers), population 8,791,894

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New Jerseyan \ -​ˈjər-​zē-​ən How to pronounce New Jerseyan (audio) \ noun
New Jerseyite \ -​ˈjər-​zē-​ˌīt How to pronounce New Jerseyite (audio) \ noun

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“New Jersey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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