up·​state ˈəp-ˌstāt How to pronounce upstate (audio)
: the chiefly northerly sections of a state
also : the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is in the south
upstate adverb or adjective
upstater noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Otero, who also has a studio upstate and another in Puerto Rico, has since perfected his operation, peeling off the oil skin with an electric wallpaper scraper. Julie Belcove, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2022 Last year, over Presidents’ Day weekend, my husband and I took George and one of his sixth-grade friends skiing upstate at Catamount, a popular destination for many families from the school. Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 New York redistricting this year eliminated a Republican district upstate, but originally went through several re-drawings. Darreonna Davis, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Shot by cinematographer Rina Yang, the film follows the story told by the song's vivid lyrics, with its co-leads taking a trip upstate that begins romantic and ends in a breakup. Jack Irvin,, 9 June 2022 In New York, the spaces available for such businesses are former power plants scattered across upstate that were among the state’s most polluting and inefficient. New York Times, 7 June 2022 By 2017, Lopez, after earning her GED and briefly attending college upstate, was living with an aunt in Brooklyn. Andy Newman,, 3 July 2022 The conspiracy ran from 2004 to 2020 in New York City and upstate, prosecutors alleged. Victoria Bekiempis, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2022 Authorities believe the assault was an intentional attack on members of a predominantly Black upstate New York neighborhood. Sarah Eames, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upstate was in 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Upstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



up·​state ˈəp-ˌstāt How to pronounce upstate (audio)
: of, relating to, or typical of a part of a state away from a large city and especially to the north
upstate noun or adverb
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