up·​state | \ ˈəp-ˌstāt How to pronounce upstate (audio) \

Definition of upstate

: the chiefly northerly sections of a state also : the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is in the south

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Other Words from upstate

upstate \ ˈəp-​ˈstāt How to pronounce upstate (audio) \ adverb or adjective
upstater \ ˈəp-​ˈstā-​tər How to pronounce upstate (audio) \ noun

Examples of upstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The musician no longer lives in New York City, and splits his time between California’s Venice Beach and a hamlet upstate, where his two sons live with his ex-wife. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 11 June 2021 The script, written before the pandemic, was eerily prescient in its emphasis on constriction, conveyed often in the stillness of the sterile fertility clinic or the somber atmosphere of Alicia and Denise’s quiet home upstate. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 Artist and educator Diane Moroff, 56, had moved from Brooklyn, New York, to a small town upstate in 2019. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, 5 Oct. 2020 For those looking to throw an event upstate this summer, the staff will even travel up to three hours from Brooklyn to serve racks of ribs, brisket, pastrami bacon, or sides like mac ’n’ cheese or smoked cauliflower. Kaitlin Menza, Curbed, 30 Mar. 2021 The state has lost 0.2% of its population over the whole decade as gains in the New York City metropolitan area weren’t enough to offset a population slide upstate. Paul Overberg, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2020 For Alex’s funeral upstate, one of Cassie’s most memorable looks, Thomas designed a cape-like coat. Eliza Huber,, 17 Dec. 2020 New York reported 1,447 cases, in line with recent elevated daily increases as the state began cracking down on hot spots in New York City and upstate., 9 Oct. 2020 The two drove upstate just as the leaves began to change colors and booked the spot’s Carriage House, adjacent to the historic main building. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of upstate

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upstate was in 1901

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15 Jun 2021

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“Upstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of upstate

US : the northern part of a state


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