Definitions

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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • But once you begin delving into the vacation splendor of what we call Nova Scotia - the opportunities are endless … and better yet … affordable!

    The Telegram: Local News

  • The government of Nova Scotia is following the lead of Saskatchewan and offering a $20 subsidy - a word Nova Scotia's Minister of Natural Resources, John MacDonell, prefers to bounty - for each coyote pelt.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • “Most people in the black community call Nova Scotia the Mississippi of the North.”

    Cross-Burning in Nova Scotia : Law is Cool

  • There was just a case of a prominent singer attacked and killed by Coyotes in Nova Scotia, which is why I thought of it that particular case.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Quick gun question.

  • [Footnote 13: The name Nova Scotia was not applied to this peninsula until 1621, by the British Government.

    Pioneers in Canada

  • Current offerings include the untouched Long Island (West) off the east coast of Nova Scotia, which is on the market for $106,000.

    An Island of One’s Own

  • Another plane up here over Nova Scotia, that is going to JFK.

    CNN Transcript Aug 10, 2006

  • This happened about 30 miles north of Halifax, Nova Scotia, which is where the plane -- where the train started out earlier in the day.

    CNN Transcript Apr 12, 2001

  • Thus, those who are on good terms with old Neptune may take a pleasant voyage of twenty-six hours direct from Boston to the distant village of Annapolis, Nova Scotia, which is our prospective abiding place; while those who prefer can have "all rail route," or, if more variety is desired, may go by land to St. John, New Brunswick, and thence by steamboat across the Bay of Fundy.

    Over the Border: Acadia, the Home of "Evangeline"

  • Sir William Alexander received a grant of that territory now called Nova Scotia from the same king, but never made and serious attempts towards settling it.

    An Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the Colonies of South Carolina and Georgia, Volume 1

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