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Carolina Tweet Definition of Carolina Like Definition of Carolina on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, from Latin, ), Latinate form of Caroline; rare in English.
carpetbagger Tweet Definition of carpetbagger Like Definition of carpetbagger on Facebook
noun
  1. (politics) An candidate who runs in a district where he or she has not previously held residence.
Though he lived and worked in Los Angeles for sixteen years, the candidate for Attorney General is no ; he was born and raised in this state and graduated from the state university.
  1. (context, often capitalized) One of several Northern politicians who migrated to the South during Reconstruction and held public office.
  2. (context, pejorative) By extension, a Northern with no Southern ties who migrates to the South for work.
He's just a who was surprised to find that Southerns are not like the cast of The Dukes of Hazzard or Deliverance.
civil war Tweet Definition of civil war Like Definition of civil war on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of war fought between members of a single nation or similar political entity.
Cold War Tweet Definition of Cold War Like Definition of Cold War on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A period of history from 1945-1991 in which the threat of nuclear annihilation was high between the United States and Soviet Union.
colonist Tweet Definition of colonist Like Definition of colonist on Facebook
noun (plural:colonists)
  1. A person who is a founder of a colony.
(The original persons of a colony)      
colony Tweet Definition of colony Like Definition of colony on Facebook
noun (colonies)
  1. Region or governmental unit created by another country and generally ruled by another country.
    • Bermuda is a crown of Great Britain.
      1. A group of organisms of same or different species living together in close association.
    • ant
    • The Portuguese Man O' War (Physalia physalis), also known as the bluebubble, bluebottle or the man-of-war, is commonly thought of as a jellyfish but is actually a siphonophore " a of specialized polyps and medusoids. Wikipedia article on (w, Portuguese Man o' War)
Confederacy Tweet Definition of Confederacy Like Definition of Confederacy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (historical) the informal name for the w:Confederate States of America, Confederate States of America, the collection of American states that secede, seceded from the United States in 1861, and fought against the Union in the American Civil War.
Confederate Tweet Definition of Confederate Like Definition of Confederate on Facebook
noun
  1. A supporter or resident of the Confederate States of America
adjective
  1. of or relating to the Confederate States of America
confederation Tweet Definition of confederation Like Definition of confederation on Facebook
noun
  1. A union or alliance of states or political organizations.
  2. The act of forming an alliance.
congregation Tweet Definition of congregation Like Definition of congregation on Facebook
noun
  1. A large gathering of people
  2. A gathering of people in a Christian church, Jewish synagogue, mosque or other religious assembly. It can also refer to the people who are present at a worship service in the building, particularly in contrast to the minister, rabbi or choir who may be seated apart from the general congregation.
continental Tweet Definition of continental Like Definition of continental on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or relating to a continent or continents.
continental drift
  1. In the main part of a country or region, as opposed to on one of its islands.
continental Europe
  1. (especially in the UK) Characteristic of the style of continental Europe, as opposed to British.
continental breakfast
contraband Tweet Definition of contraband Like Definition of contraband on Facebook
noun
  1. any goods which are illicit or illegal to possess
  2. goods which are prohibited from being traded, smuggled goods
  3. an escaped slave during the Civil War who was taken behind Union lines
adjective
  1. (rfv-sense) prohibited from being traded
    • 1940 - The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America: Having ... - Division of the Federal Register, the National Archives - Page 2191
      "... when the seizure is made in connection with a violation involving a article covered by section 1 (b) (1) of the said Act; ..."
    • 1953 - United States, United States. President, United States. Congress - United States Code Congressional and Administrative News - Page 2039
      "The exclusion of mandatory payment of moieties for seizures of controlled substances is accomplished through Section 17 of the bill, ..."
    • 1899 - Albert William Chaster - The Powers, Duties and Liabilities of Executive Officers as Between These ... - Stevens and Haynes - Page 55
      "4. Contraband goods may be seized if found in a river before they are landed or offered for sale."
copperhead Tweet Definition of copperhead Like Definition of copperhead on Facebook
noun
  1. One of two species of snakes, with a copper-colored head.
  2. (pejorative) Someone with ginger hair.
corral Tweet Definition of corral Like Definition of corral on Facebook
noun
  1. An enclosure for livestock, especially a circular one.
We had a small out back where we kept our pet llama.
  1. A circle of wagons, either for the purpose of trapping livestock, or for defense.
The wagon train formed a to protect against Commanche attacks.
verb (corrall, ing)
  1. To capture or round up a group of something.
The lawyer frantically tried to his notes as his briefcase fell open.
  1. To place inside of a corral.
After we corralled the last steer, we headed off to the chuck wagon for dinner.
  1. To make a circle of vehicles, as of wagons so as to form a corral.
The cattle drivers corralled their wagons for the night.
cowboy Tweet Definition of cowboy Like Definition of cowboy on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who tends cattle
  2. a person who tends cattle in the US West or Southwest
  3. a person from the US West or Southwest
  4. a person who dresses like a US cowboy, especially one who wears a cowboy hat
  5. a fan of Country-Western music
  6. (context, UK, colloquial) a dishonest and incompetent independent tradesman. A cowboy plumber may collect a large fee in advance, and leave floods and the need for expensive corrective work behind.
  7. (slang) a king (the playing card)

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