Origin of Maineorigin, originally after Maine, region in northwestern France, but later interpreted as signifying its status as the main part of the New England region New England state of the U.S.: admitted 1820; 30,862 sq mi (79,931 sq km); cap. Augusta: abbrev. ME or Me
- historical region of NW France, south of Normandy
- A historical region and former province of northwest France south of Normandy. United with Anjou in 1126, it passed to England when Henry Plantagenet became king in 1154. Maine reverted to the French crown in 1481.
- Abbr. ME or Me. A state of the northeast United States. It was admitted as the 23rd state in 1820. Explored by Europeans in 1602, the region was annexed by Massachusetts in 1652. Maine's northern boundary with New Brunswick was settled by a treaty with Great Britain in 1842. Augusta is the capital and Portland the largest city.
Apprently from the name of the Celtic tribe the aulerci cenomanni, who inhabited a territory centered around its capital city of Vindinon (“white place"), today le Mans (a corruption of Cenomannis to *Celmans to Le Mans).
From the French province