What does Pennsylvania mean?

Definitions for Pennsylvania
ˌpɛn səlˈveɪn yə, -ˈveɪ ni əPenn·syl·va·ni·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pennsylvania, Keystone State, PAnoun

    a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies

  2. Pennsylvanianoun

    one of the British colonies that formed the United States

  3. University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennnoun

    a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  1. Pennsylvanianoun

    A state of the United States of America. Capital: Harrisburg; largest city: Philadelphia.

  2. Pennsylvanianoun

    The first, and historically largest, now defunct US railroad, a hallmark of the industrial age.

  3. Etymology: On March 4, 1681, Charles II of England granted a land tract to William Penn for the area that now includes Pennsylvania. Penn then founded a colony there as a place of religious freedom for Quakers, and named it for the Latin sylvania meaning "woods," thus "Pennsylvania."


  1. Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a US state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and the Great Lakes region. The state borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada to the northwest, New York to the north and New Jersey to the east. The Appalachian Mountains run through the middle of the state. Pennsylvania is the 33rd most extensive, the 6th most populous, and the 9th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. The state capital is Harrisburg. Pennsylvania has 51 miles of coastline along Lake Erie and 57 miles of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary. The state is one of the 13 original founding states of the U.S.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pennsylvania

    most populous but one of the American States, lies N. of Mason and Dixon's Line, separated by New Jersey, on the E. by the Delaware River, with Ohio on the W., New York on the N., and Lake Erie at the NW. corner. The country is hilly, being traversed by the Blue Mountains and the Alleghany ranges, with many fertile valleys between the chains, extensive forests, and much picturesque scenery. The Cumberland Valley in the W. is one of the best farming lands in New England. The Alleghany River in the W. and the two branches of the Susquehanna in the centre water the State. Pennsylvania is the greatest mining State in the Union; its iron-mines and petroleum-wells supply half the iron and most of the oil used in the country; its bituminous coal-beds in the W. are extremely rich, and the anthracite deposits of the E. are unrivalled; in manufactures, too, it ranks second among the States; these are very varied, the most valuable being iron, steel, and shipbuilding. Founded by Swedes, it passed to English settlers in 1664; the first charter was granted to William Penn in 1681. In the Revolution it took a prominent part, and was among the first States of the Union. Education is well advanced; there are 20 State colleges. The mining population includes many Irish, Hungarian, and Italian immigrants, among whom riots are frequent. Of the agriculturists many are of Dutch descent, and about two millions still speak a Low German patois known as Pennsylvanian Dutch. Harrisburg (39) is the capital; the metropolis is Philadelphia (1,047), the second largest city in the country; while Pittsburg (239), Alleghany (105), Scranton (75), and Reading (59) are among the many large towns.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pennsylvania

    One of the Middle States of the Atlantic slope, the second in population in the Union, and one of the thirteen of the original confederacy. The earliest settlements were made in 1627 by a colony of Swedes and Finns, who established themselves on the Delaware River, going as far northward as the locality of Philadelphia. In 1665 a Dutch expedition from New Amsterdam took formal possession of the country. The Dutch in their turn were superseded by the English after the capture of New York in 1664; and in 1681 the territory was granted by Charles II. to William Penn, who with his co-religionists of the Society of Friends established a Christian government “founded on peace, reason, and right.” Having purchased the lands of the Indians, and conciliated them by kindness and good will, he secured their friendship during seventy years. Previous to the French and Indian war in 1755, the contests waged between the French and English colonists had not reached Pennsylvania; but in that year occurred the disastrous defeat of Braddock, near Pittsburgh, in which Washington, then a young man, distinguished himself. Pennsylvania took an active part in the Revolutionary contest, and on her soil occurred the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, September and October, 1777, the massacres of Wyoming and Paoli, and the suffering winter encampment at Valley Forge in 1777-78. The most prosperous of the colonies, and in a central position, it became the seat of the congress held by the colonies both before and after the decision of the struggle. Independence was proclaimed here, and it remained the seat of the general government until 1800. No State in the confederacy has been more loyal to the Constitution. During the war of 1812 she promptly furnished her quota of troops, and during the civil war she sent nearly 400,000 men into the field. During this trying period her territory was three times invaded: in 1862, when Chambersburg (which see) was captured, and in 1864, when it was burned; and in 1863, when it was invaded by Lee, and the battle of Gettysburg fought on its soil.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Pennsylvania

    From the Latin sylva, a wood; expresses the colony in the wood founded by William Penn.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pennsylvania in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pennsylvania in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Pennsylvania in a Sentence

  1. Jim Renacci:

    Really, it was a call from the White House, i’ve said that all along: poor kid from Western Pennsylvania gets asked by the White House to help, I’m going to do it.

  2. John Kasich:

    You talk to people in Pennsylvania and they'll tell you that I can win a general election.

  3. Charlie Dent:

    Pennsylvania Republicans have clear advantages going into the 2022 midterm, they just have to not blow it. And not blowing it requires former President Trump to behave constructively, that would actually be constructive, to stay out of the primary.

  4. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag:

    It is clear that some people in the judiciary have connections with Pennsylvania, for them it's not important to follow the constitution or law because their loyalties lie elsewhere.

  5. Mark Nevins:

    The Trump administration's definition of a 'strong economy' is essentially based on the stock market, the people who benefit from that are more like Donald Trump than a worker from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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