state·​hood | \ ˈstāt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce statehood (audio) \

Definition of statehood

: the condition of being a state especially : the status of being one of the states of the U.S.

Examples of statehood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since before statehood, Alaskans have soundly rejected the billboards that dot American roadsides elsewhere. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2022 More aggressive reforms to eliminate the GOP's counter-majoritarian advantage — like statehood for Washington, D.C. or Supreme Court expansion — are either dead on arrival in the Senate or still considered too escalatory to be viable. David Faris, The Week, 5 Jan. 2022 The measure would expand ballot access, enact tighter controls on political money and create statehood for the District of Columbia. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Before statehood, only two sitting presidents had visited Alaska. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Dec. 2021 Abbas submits a statehood application letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 The Palestinians seek statehood in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, territory Israel captured in a 1967 war. NBC News, 11 Dec. 2021 But Democrats will be hard-pressed to find any Republicans who support statehood. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 The last meaningful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a partition deal were held more than a decade ago, and Israel's current prime minister is opposed to the idea of Palestinian statehood. Fox News, 19 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of statehood

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of statehood was in 1805

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25 Jan 2022

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“Statehood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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: the condition of being a state especially : the condition or status of being one of the states of the U.S.

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