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  1. Penn·syl·va·nia
    IPA[ˌpensəlˈvānyə]
    • 1. a state in the northeastern US, with a short coastline along Lake Erie in the far northwest; population 12,448,279 (est. 2008); capital, Harrisburg; statehood, Dec. 12, 1787 (2). Founded in 1682 by William Penn, it became one of the original thirteen states.

    • a state of the north-eastern US; population 12,448,279 (est. 2008); capital, Harrisburg. Founded in 1682 by William Penn, it became one of the original thirteen states of the Union in 1787.
    • n. noun

      a dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania.

      the German-speaking inhabitants of Pennsylvania, descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants from the Rhineland.

    • a street in Washington, DC, along which the White House (at number 1600) and Capitol Hill are situated.
    • noun

      a dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania, chiefly by descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants.
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