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commonwealth/ˈkɑːmənˌwɛlθ/noun
pluralcommonwealths
commonwealth
/ˈkɑːmənˌwɛlθ/
noun
pluralcommonwealths
Learner's definition of COMMONWEALTH  
[count]  : a group of countries or states that have political or economic connections with one another — often + of
the Commonwealth  : a U.S. state — used officially of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
   b  [count]  : a political unit that is like a U.S. state but that pays no federal taxes and has only a representative in Congress who does not vote — used officially of Puerto Rico and of the Northern Mariana Islands
the Commonwealth  : the countries that were once part of the British Empire
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