United States

noun

Unit·​ed States yu̇-ˈnī-təd- How to pronounce United States (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈyü-ˌ
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a federation of states especially when forming a nation in a usually specified territory
advocating a United States of Europe

Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of United States was in 1600

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“United States.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/United%20States. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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