New England state of the U.S.: one of the 13 original states: 8,968 sq mi (23,227 sq km); cap. Concord: abbrev. NH or N.H.
Origin of New Hampshireafter Hampshire
Abbr. NH or N.H.
A state of the northeast United States between Vermont and Maine. One of the original Thirteen Colonies, it was settled by colonists from Massachusetts during the 1620s and 1630s and became a separate colony in 1741. New Hampshire was the first colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and the first to establish its own government (January 1776). It ratified the United States Constitution in 1788. Concord is the capital and Manchester the largest city.
- New Hamp′shir·ite′
- A state of the United States of America Capital: Concord.