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  1. Vir·gin·ia
    • 1. a state of the eastern US, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean; population 7,769,089 (est. 2008); capital, Richmond. It was the site of the first permanent European settlement in North America in 1607, and was named in honor of Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen”. It became one of the original thirteen states of the Union in 1788.