Delaware

noun
Del·​a·​ware | \ ˈde-lə-ˌwer How to pronounce Delaware (audio) , -wər \
plural Delaware or Delawares

Definition of Delaware

1 : a member of an American Indian people originally of the Delaware valley
2 : the Algonquian language of the Delaware

First Known Use of Delaware

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Delaware

Delaware River

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“Delaware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Delaware. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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Delaware

noun
Del·​a·​ware | \ ˈde-lə-ˌwer How to pronounce Delaware (audio) , -wər \
plural Delaware or Delawares

Kids Definition of Delaware

1 : a member of a tribe of indigenous people originally of the region from southeastern New York to northern Delaware
2 : the language of the Delaware people

Delaware geographical name

Del·​a·​ware | \ ˈde-lə-ˌwer How to pronounce Delaware (audio) , -wər \

Definition of Delaware

1 river 296 miles (476 kilometers) long in the eastern U.S. flowing south from southern New York state, forming the borders between Pennsylvania and New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Delaware and New Jersey, and emptying into Delaware Bay
2 state of the eastern U.S. bordering on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic; capital Dover area 2057 square miles (5348 square kilometers), population 897,934
3 city in central Ohio north-northwest of Columbus population 34,753

Other Words from Delaware

Delawarean \ ˌde-​lə-​ˈwer-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Delaware (audio) \ noun

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