Kentucky meaning

kən-tŭkē
A state of the east-central United States. It was admitted as the 15th state in 1792. Daniel Boone's Transylvania Company made the first permanent settlement in the area in 1775. By the Treaty of Paris (1783) the territory became part of the United States. Frankfort is the capital and Louisville the largest city.
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(place) State of the EC U.S.: admitted 1792; 39,728 sq mi (102,896 sq km); cap. Frankfort.
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(place) River in E Ky., flowing northwest into the Ohio: 259 mi (417 km)
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A state of the United States of America. Capital: Frankfort; largest city: Louisville. Formally known as the Commonwealth of Kentucky, one of four such states known as Commonwealths.
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A village on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.
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Origin of kentucky

  • earlier (18th c.) Kentucke (River), of Iroquois or Shawnee orig.

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Unclear. Possibly from Iroquoian kenhtake, meaning prairie.

    From Wiktionary