down·​state | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌstāt How to pronounce downstate (audio) \

Definition of downstate

: the chiefly southerly sections of a state also : the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is to the north

Other Words from downstate

downstate \ ˈdau̇n-​ˈstāt How to pronounce downstate (audio) \ adjective or adverb
downstater \ ˈdau̇n-​ˈstā-​tər How to pronounce downstate (audio) \ noun

Examples of downstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those are typically concentrated downstate, and events of this magnitude are very rare in northern Michigan, Boris said Saturday at a news conference at Kirkland Community College in Gaylord. Christine Macdonald, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 Glover is the poster child for the power of the downstate, Mednick says. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2022 Others view it as a blatant example of election-year largess, orchestrated by a governor, Kathy Hochul, whose upstate bona fides do not necessarily translate to support downstate, where New York elections are won and lost. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 Team Bailey links a white farmer and state senator from rural downstate Xenia with a Black suburban woman. Rick Pearson,, 13 Dec. 2021 The storm will arrive from the southwest, initially dropping steadier snow downstate in early afternoon, the weather service Tweeted. Olivia Olander,, 24 Feb. 2022 New Yorkers were accustomed to — brash, self-aggrandizing, male and from downstate. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The budget proposal did clear the way for three new casinos in New York State, likely downstate. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Hoefler was elected and served one term as 3rd Ward alderman in Batavia before moving downstate to accept a position as a school principal. Linda Girardi,, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of downstate

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downstate was in 1905

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“Downstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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