What does Kentucky mean?

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kənˈtʌk iKen·tuck·y

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Kentucky, Bluegrass State, KYnoun

    a state in east central United States; a border state during the American Civil War; famous for breeding race horses


  1. Kentuckynoun

    A state of the United States of America. Capital: Frankfort; largest city: Louisville. Formally known as the Commonwealth of Kentucky, one of four such states known as Commonwealths.

    Etymology: Unclear. Possibly from Iroquoian kenhtake, meaning prairie.

  2. Kentuckynoun

    A village on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

    Etymology: Unclear. Possibly from Iroquoian kenhtake, meaning prairie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kentuckynoun

    one of the United States


  1. Kentucky

    Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States. Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures because of the fertile soil. One of the major regions in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky which houses two of its major cities, Lexington and Louisville. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. Kentucky is also home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the United States, the largest free-ranging elk herd east of the Mississippi River, and the nation's most productive coalfield. Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, bluegrass music, and college basketball.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kentucky

    an American State in the S. of the Ohio basin, with the Virginias on its E. and Tennessee on its S. border and the Mississippi River on the W.; is watered by the Licking and Kentucky Rivers that cross the State from the Cumberland Mountains in the SE. to the Ohio, and the Tennessee River traverses the western corner; the climate is mild and healthy; much of the soil is extremely fertile, giving hemp and the largest tobacco crops in the Union; there are dense forests of virgin ash, walnut, and oak over two-thirds of the State, and on its pasturage the finest stock and horses are bred; coal is found in both the E. and the W., and iron is plentiful; the chief industries are whisky distilling, iron smelting and working; admitted to the Union in 1792, Kentucky was a slave-holding State, but did not secede in the Civil War; the capital is Frankfort (8), the largest city Louisville (160); the State University is at Lexington (29).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. kentucky

    One of the Central States of the Mississippi Valley, and the second admitted into the confederacy after the Revolution. It was formerly included in the territory of Virginia, to which it belonged till 1792. Its name, signifying “the dark and bloody ground,” is suggestive of its early history, it being the scene of many bloody conflicts between the settlers and Indians, and also the grand battle-ground of the Indians themselves. The most important battle between the Indians and whites took place near Blue Lick Springs, August 19, 1782, the latter numbering 182, and the former about three times that number. After a desperate engagement the Kentuckians were totally routed, with a loss of 60 killed and wounded. The celebrated Col. Boone bore a part and lost a son in this engagement. In the war of 1812 Kentucky was largely and effectively represented, as also in the Mexican war. In the civil war the State at first declared a strict neutrality; but as this condition could not be maintained, after stormy and exciting discussions in its councils, it declared for the Union in November, 1861. As the population was almost equally divided in its sympathy, Kentuckians were to be found fighting in the ranks of both contending armies. The State was the theatre of several hotly contested actions during the civil war, and suffered considerably during that trying period.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Kentucky

    Indian for “long river.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Kentucky in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Kentucky in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Kentucky in a Sentence

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    I say to Sen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have the courage to stand with the working people of Kentucky and America, not your wealthy campaign contributors.

  2. Bob Baffert:

    We did not cheat to win the Kentucky Derby, i want to protect my legacy. I’ve trained great horses. I’ve trained the best horses that have run through there. My record proves it. This is horrible what has happened. The horse never got that medication. It’s an injustice to the horse. He’s a great horse. He ran hard. He deserved to win that race and it kills me because these horses are like my children and for something to happen to him like that is horrible but we have to deal with it and hopefully it will get resolved.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    Davis's sole connection to Kentucky is that he was born there, he subsequently moved to Mississippi and Kentucky, of course, did not succeed from the Union.

  4. Brigitte Amiri:

    The state's bureaucratic sleight of hand is fooling no one. This is an attempt to ban abortion in Kentucky, plain and simple. We are fighting to keep this from happening.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The Kentuky( sic) Derby decision was not a good one, it was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby - not even close !

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