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Ten·​nes·​see | \ ˌte-nə-ˈsē How to pronounce Tennessee (audio) , ˈte-nə-ˌsē \

Definition of Tennessee

1 river 652 miles (1049 kilometers) long in the eastern U.S. in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky, flowing into the Ohio River
2 state in the southeast central U.S.; capital Nashville area 42,144 square miles (109,153 square kilometers), population 6,346,105

Note: The Mississippi River forms the western boundary of the state of Tennessee.

Other Words from Tennessee

Tennessean or Tennesseean \ ˌte-​nə-​ˈsē-​ən How to pronounce Tennessee (audio) \ adjective or noun

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“Tennessee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tennessee. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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