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Illinois

noun Il·li·nois \ˌi-lə-ˈni also -ˈniz\
plural Illinois

Definition of ILLINOIS

1
plural :  a confederacy of American Indian peoples of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin
2
:  a member of any of the Illinois peoples
3
:  the Algonquian language of the Illinois
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Origin of ILLINOIS

French, earlier Eriniouai, singular, probably from a word in an Algonquian language derived from Proto-Algonquian *elen- ordinary + *-we· make a sound
First Known Use: 1703

Illinois

geographical name Il·li·nois \ˌi-lə-ˈni also -ˈniz\

Definition of ILLINOIS

1
river 273 miles (439 kilometers) Illinois flowing SW into Mississippi River
2
state cen United States Springfield area 56,400 square miles (146,640 square kilometers), pop 12,830,632
Il·li·nois·an \ˌi-lə-ˈni-ən also -ˈni-zən\ adjective or noun
ILLINOIS Defined for Kids

Illinois

geographical name Il·li·nois \ˌi-lə-ˈni also -ˈniz\

Definition of ILLINOIS for Kids

state N central U.S.; capital, Springfield

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