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 (kən-tŭk′ē) Abbr. KY or Ky. or Ken.
A state of the east-central United States. It was admitted as the 15th state in 1792. Daniel Boone's Transylvania Company made the first permanent settlement in the area in 1775. By the Treaty of Paris (1783) the territory became part of the United States. Frankfort is the capital and Louisville the largest city.

Ken·tuck′i·an adj. & n.


(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Kentucky
(Placename) of or relating to Kentucky or its inhabitants
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Noun1.Kentuckian - a native or resident of Kentucky
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
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Not the wondrous cistern in the whale's huge head; not the prodigy of his unhinged lower jaw; not the miracle of his symmetrical tail; none of these would so surprise you, as half a glimpse of that unaccountable cone, -- longer than a Kentuckian is tall, nigh a foot in diameter at the base, and jet-black as Yojo, the ebony idol of Queequeg.
Fortunately their plot was overheard by John Day, the Kentuckian, and communicated to the partners, who took quiet and effectual means to frustrate it.
Beside his own people, motley in character and costume--creole, Kentuckian, Indian, half-breed, hired trapper, and free trapper--he was surrounded by encampments of Nez Perces and Flatheads, with their droves of horses covering the hills and plains.
So spoke this poor, heathenish Kentuckian, who had not been instructed in his constitutional relations, and consequently was betrayed into acting in a sort of Christianized manner, which, if he had been better situated and more enlightened, he would not have been left to do.
Well, since it is your wish, Ellen," returned the youth, endeavouring to swallow his spleen, "I will make the trial; though, as you ought to know, it is part of the religion of a Kentuckian to fret himself a little at a mischance.
secret of its preparation is lost, but the modern Kentuckians believe
Why, I've seen Kentuckians who hated whiskey, Virginians who weren't descended from Pocahontas, Indianians who hadn't written a novel, Mexicans who didn't wear velvet trousers with silver dollars sewed along the seams, funny Englishmen, spendthrift Yankees, cold-blooded Southerners, narrow- minded Westerners, and New Yorkers who were too busy to stop for an hour on the street to watch a one-armed grocer's clerk do up cranberries in paper bags.
The group high on teenage-angst is rounded up by Dani Moonstar, a Cheyenne girl capable of illusions; Sunspot, a Brazilian boy blessed with solar power; Cannonball, a Kentuckian guy who can propel himself like a jet; and a shapeshifting alien named Warlock.
Like Gram, I was born in 1946, and I am a native Kentuckian.
SO, COLONEL, YOU ARE NOW AN OFFICIAL KENTUCKIAN," House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) told the Legislature's new Legislative Research Commission director.
Even counting Justice Louis Brandeis as a Kentuckian -- at 18 he defected to Harvard and New England -- Mitch McConnell, 72, is second only to Henry Clay as the state's most consequential public servant.
Don't I live with an uppity woman who thinks a freeborn mixed Kentuckian like myself makes a fine house gal for anyone from Carolina who's got a Jamaican grannie?