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Noun: United States
  1. North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
    - United States of America, America, the States, US, U.S., USA, U.S.A.
     
  2. The executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
    - United States government, U.S. government, US Government, U.S.

Type of: federal government, North American country, North American nation

Part of: NATO, North America, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation [Brit], North Atlantic Treaty Organization, OAS, Organization of American States

Encyclopedia: United States, Chanceries of Foreign Governments