California

geographical name
Cal·​i·​for·​nia | \ ˌka-lə-ˈfȯr-nyə How to pronounce California (audio) \

Definition of California

state of the southwestern U.S. on the Pacific, the nation's most populous state; capital Sacramento area 158,706 square miles (411,048 square kilometers), population 37,253,956

Other Words from California

Californian \ ˌka-​lə-​ˈfȯr-​nyən How to pronounce California (audio) \ adjective or noun
Californio \ ˌka-​lə-​ˈfȯr-​nyō How to pronounce California (audio) \ noun

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“California.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/California. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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