A mountainous state of the east-central United States, known for its coal industry. Originally part of Virginia, it was admitted as the 35th state in 1863, after siding with the North in the Civil War. Charleston is the capital and the largest city.
State of the E U.S., northwest of Va.: admitted 1863; 24,078 sq mi (62,361 sq km); cap. Charleston.
A state of the United States of America Capital and largest city: Charleston.