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 (măs′ə-cho͞o′sĭts) Abbr. MA or Mass.
A state of the northeast United States. One of the original Thirteen Colonies, it was the site of the first successful English settlement in New England when the Pilgrims of the Mayflower founded Plymouth in 1620. Governed by the Massachusetts Bay Company from 1629 until 1684, the colony was a leader in the move for independence from Great Britain and the site of the first battles of the Revolutionary War in 1775. Massachusetts ratified the United States Constitution in 1788. Boston is the capital and the largest city.


(Placename) a state of the northeastern US, on the Atlantic: a centre of resistance to English colonial policy during the War of American Independence; consists of a coastal plain rising to mountains in the west. Capital: Boston. Pop: 6 433 422 (2003 est). Area: 20 269 sq km (7826 sq miles). Abbreviation: Mass or MA (with zip code)


(ˌmæs əˈtʃu sɪts)

a state in the NE United States, on the Atlantic coast. 6,349,097; 8257 sq. mi. (21,385 sq. km). Cap.: Boston. Abbr.: MA, Mass.
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Noun1.Massachusetts - a state in New EnglandMassachusetts - a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
Lexington and Concord, Lexington, Concord - the first battle of the American Revolution (April 19, 1775)
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
New England - a region of northeastern United States comprising Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont and Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Connecticut
Bean Town, Beantown, Boston, capital of Massachusetts, Hub of the Universe - state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services
Cambridge - a city in Massachusetts just to the north of Boston; site of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Concord - town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought
Gloucester - a town in northeastern Massachusetts on Cape Ann to the northeast of Boston; the harbor has been a fishing center for centuries
Lexington - town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought
Medford - town in northeastern Massachusetts; residential suburb of Boston
Pittsfield - a town in western Massachusetts
Springfield - a city and manufacturing center in southwestern Massachusetts on the Connecticut River
Worcester - an industrial and university city in central Massachusetts to the west of Boston
Cape Ann - a Massachusetts peninsula to the north of Boston extending into the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Cod - a Massachusetts peninsula to the south of Boston extending into the Atlantic; a popular resort area
Cape Cod Canal - a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay
Plymouth - a town in Massachusetts founded by Pilgrims in 1620
Salem - a city in northeastern Massachusetts; site of the witchcraft trials in 1692
Williamstown - a town in northwestern Massachusetts
Berkshire Hills, Berkshires - a low mountain range in western Massachusetts; a resort area
Charles River, Charles - a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston
Housatonic, Housatonic River - a river that rises in western Massachusetts and flows south through Connecticut to empty into Long Island Sound
Merrimack, Merrimack River - a river that rises in south central New Hampshire and flows through Concord and Manchester into Massachusetts and empties into the Atlantic Ocean
Taconic Mountains - a range of the Appalachian Mountains along the eastern border of New York with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont
2.Massachusetts - a member of the Algonquian people who formerly lived around Massachusetts Bay
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
3.Massachusetts - one of the British colonies that formed the United StatesMassachusetts - one of the British colonies that formed the United States
4.Massachusetts - the Algonquian language of the MassachusetMassachusetts - the Algonquian language of the Massachuset
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
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