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New York

former New Amsterdam (city), New Netherlands (colony), renamed after British acquisition in 1664 in honor of the Duke of York and Albany (1633-1701), the future James II, who had an interest in the territory. See York. Related: New Yorker. Latinized Noveboracensian "of or pertaining to New York" (1890) contains the Medieval Latin name of York, England, Eboracum. New York minute "very short time" attested by 1976.

Some of Mr. [Horace] Gregory's poems have merely appeared in The New Yorker; others are New Yorker poems: the inclusive topicality, the informed and casual smartness, the flat fashionable irony, meaningless because it proceeds from a frame of reference whose amorphous superiority is the most definite thing about it--they are the trademark not simply of a magazine but of a class. [Randall Jarrell "Town Mouse, Country Mouse"]

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Definitions of New York from WordNet

New York (n.)
the largest city in New York State and in the United States; located in southeastern New York at the mouth of the Hudson river; a major financial and cultural center;
Synonyms: New York City / Greater New York
New York (n.)
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies;
Synonyms: New York State / Empire State / ny / N.Y.
New York (n.)
one of the British colonies that formed the United States;
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