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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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