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 Racine also advocated for Congress to grant statehood to Washington, D.C. Jake Rosen, CBS News, "D.C. attorney general prepares for protests over Electoral College," 1 Jan. 2021 The Saudis’ Arab Peace Initiative in 2002 offered Israel full normalization with the Arab world after the Palestinians achieved statehood. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Israeli Reports Say Netanyahu Met Saudi Crown Prince. Saudis Deny It.," 23 Nov. 2020 For Cecelia and Samuel, slavery hovers closer as Texas nears statehood. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Pox Americana," 23 Oct. 2020 Soon after gaining statehood, California passed laws that prohibited Black, Indigenous or mixed-race people from testifying against white people in court. Dustin Gardiner,, "California’s conflicted history on slavery is central to reparations push for Black people," 18 Oct. 2020 Santa and his reindeer brought Alaska another gift apart from statehood. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In the midst of the Cold War, Alaska’s effort to spread Christmas cheer involved sending a small herd of reindeer to D.C.," 21 Dec. 2020 There's the long-standing issue of its quest for statehood and proper representation in Congress. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on Covid vaccine distribution and second stimulus checks," 19 Dec. 2020 The New Progressive Party’s grip on the statehood cause loosened in 2020. Rashid Carlos Jamil Marcano Rivera, The Conversation, "Puerto Rico wants statehood – but only Congress can make it the 51st state in the United States," 14 Dec. 2020 Cornyn presented the bill on the Senate floor Thursday, pointing out Latinos’ contributions to the state of Texas, from the Tejanos who predate Texas statehood to civil rights activists such as Cesar Chavez. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Cornyn-sponsored bill to build a national Latino museum blocked by Utah Sen. Mike Lee," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of statehood

1805, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Statehood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of statehood

: 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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