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Noun: commonwealth  'kó-mun,welth
  1. The official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
  2. A politically organized body of people under a single government
    "the commonwealth has elected a new president";
    - state, nation, country, land, res publica, body politic
  3. A world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another
  4. A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
    - republic
Noun: Commonwealth
  1. An association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
    - British Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations

Derived forms: commonwealths

Type of: form of government, global organisation [Brit], global organization, international organisation [Brit], international organization, political entity, political system, political unit, province, state, world organisation [Brit], world organization

Encyclopedia: Commonwealth, Virginia