New England state of the U.S.: one of the 13 original states; 4,845 sq mi (12,548 sq km); pop. 3,406,000; cap. Hartford: abbrev. CT or Conn
river in NE U.S., flowing from N N.H. across Mass. & Conn. into Long Island Sound: 407 mi (655 km)
< Algonquin (Mahican), lit., place of the long river
See Connecticut in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Abbr. CT or Conn. or Ct.
A state of the northeast United States. It was admitted as one of the original Thirteen Colonies in 1788. Connecticut's coastline was explored by Dutch navigators after 1614, and in 1635 colonists from Massachusetts Bay began to settle in the Connecticut River valley. The Fundamental Orders, a constitution based on the consent of the governed, was adopted by the colony in 1639. Hartford is the capital and Bridgeport the largest city. Population: 3,500,000.