from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A province of eastern Canada comprising a mainland peninsula and the adjacent Cape Breton Island. It joined the confederation in 1867. The first successful settlement was made by the French at Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal) in 1610. France and Great Britain bitterly contested the area, part of Acadia, until 1763, when the Treaty of Paris awarded the French possessions in North America to the British. During the 18th century many Scots immigrated to the region, leading to its name, a Latinized version of "New Scotland.” Halifax is the capital and the largest city. Population: 913,000.

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  • proper n. A province in eastern Canada, capital Halifax.

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  • n. a peninsula in eastern Canada between the Bay of Fundy and the Saint Lawrence River
  • n. the Canadian province in the Maritimes consisting of the Nova Scotia peninsula and Cape Breton Island; French settlers who called the area Acadia were exiled to Louisiana by the British in the 1750s and their descendants are know as Cajuns


From Latin, literally “New Scotland”, from nova, feminine of novus ("new") + Scotia ("Scotland"). (Wiktionary)


  • Conveyance of Nova Scotia (Port-royal excepted) by Sir William Alexander to Sir Claude St. Etienne Lord of la Tour and of Uarre and to his son Sir Charles de St. Etienne Lord of St. Dennis-court, on condition that they continue subjects to the king of Scotland under the great seal of Scotland.

    Notes on the State of Virginia.

  • These people, thus named, had once resided in Nova Scotia and Lower Canada, or Canada East as now known.

    The Memories of Fifty Years

  • When peopled by the French, Nova Scotia was called Acadia.

    The Memories of Fifty Years

  • Or the second when she was thirteen and a coureur des bois who was setting bear traps in the Nova Scotia woods caught her instead, and forced himself on her on a winter day so cold her thirteen-year-old screams seemed to hang visible in the frozen air, then left her to die.

    City of Glory

  • A grant of the soil, barony, and domains of Nova Scotia to Sir Wm. Alexander of Minstrie.

    Notes on the State of Virginia.

  • Vicariate Apostolic of Nova Scotia (1817), the appointment of bishops for Upper Canada, Montreal, New Brunswick, including Prince Edward's and the Magdalen Islands, and for the North-West, where the Abbés

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The way Andrew heard it, Cuf went to Nova Scotia after the war.

    City of Glory

  • Kizzel had been carried from Africa when a child, and sold as a slave in South Carolina, but had joined the British during the Revolutionary War, and at its close, had sailed from Nova Scotia with a company of colored persons to reside in Africa.

    Scraps of African Methodist Episcopal History

  • He would not resurrect Laniah, who ran away from Nova Scotia four years after she got there, because she was tired of being expected to wait hand and foot on Molly Devrey, despite the fact that Laniah was the only one who knew secrets Molly would sooner die than have exposed.

    City of Glory

  • Some of the blacks were resold into slavery in the West Indies, but in 1783 Sir Guy Carleton, unlike Lord Dunmore a man of humanity and principle, insisted on evacuating 3,500 ex-slaves to Nova Scotia along with other loyalists.

    Angel in the Whirlwind


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