Associations to the word «Commonwealth»


COMMONWEALTH, noun. A form of government, named for the concept that everything that is not owned by specific individuals or groups is owned collectively by everyone in the governmental unit, as opposed to a state, where the state itself owns such things.
COMMONWEALTH, noun. Approximately, a republic.
COMMONWEALTH, proper noun. The Commonwealth of Nations, a loose confederation of nations based around the former British Empire.
COMMONWEALTH, proper noun. (Australia) Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia, often referring to its federal government.
COMMONWEALTH, proper noun. (in Kentucky) Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, often referring to its government.
COMMONWEALTH, proper noun. (in Massachusetts) Massachusetts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, often referring to its government.
COMMONWEALTH, proper noun. (in Pennsylvania) Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, often referring to its government.
COMMONWEALTH, proper noun. (in Virginia) Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, often referring to its government.
COMMONWEALTH DAY, proper noun. A multi-faith holiday celebrated on the second Monday of March, to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations.
COMMONWEALTH ENGLISH, proper noun. (uncommon) The generalised variety of English spoken and written primarily in the United Kingdom and its former colonies, sometimes excluding Canada.
COMMONWEALTH ENGLISH, proper noun. (rare) The group of varieties of English used in the ex-colonial member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, in distinction to the varieties used in Britain itself
COMMONWEALTH GAMES, proper noun. A sporting event, somewhat like the Olympic Games, held every four year and involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, proper noun. The formal and full name of the country Australia.
COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA, proper noun. The official name of the state of Dominica.
COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND, proper noun. The name of the British state when Great Britain and Ireland were a republic ruled by Oliver Cromwell.
COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES, proper noun. An alliance and confederation of eleven former Soviet republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan formed as a successor to the Soviet Union.
COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS, proper noun. An association of independent, sovereign states most of which which formerly constituted the British Empire.
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS, proper noun. The official name of the state of Bahamas.
COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, proper noun. The official name of the Northern Marianas.
COMMONWEALTH REALM, noun. A member state of the Commonwealth of Nations (as most former British colonial possessions) which is a realm (kingdom) in personal union with the United Kingdom, i.e. has the British Sovereign as its 'shared' head of state, which is usally represented in its capital by a governor general.

Dictionary definition

COMMONWEALTH, noun. The official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico).
COMMONWEALTH, noun. A politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land".
COMMONWEALTH, noun. 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.
COMMONWEALTH, noun. A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.

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