A member state is a state that is a member of an international organisation.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has members that are sovereign states and members that are not, thus WTO members are not called member states.
Famous quotes containing the words member and/or state:
“Before I knew that I was Jewish or a girl I knew that I was a member of the working class. At a time when I had not yet grasped the significance of the fact that in my house English was a second language, or that I wore dresses while my brother wore pants, I knewand I knew it was important to knowthat Papa worked hard all day long.”
—Vivian Gornick (b. 1935)
“Most of the folktales dealing with the Indians are lurid and romantic. The story of the Indian lovers who were refused permission to wed and committed suicide is common to many places. Local residents point out cliffs where Indian maidens leaped to their death until it would seem that the first duty of all Indian girls was to jump off cliffs.”
—For the State of Iowa, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)