Illinois

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noun Il·li·nois \ˌi-lə-ˈnȯi also -ˈnȯiz\

Definition of Illinois

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Illinois

  1. 1 plural :  a confederacy of American Indian peoples of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin

  2. 2 :  a member of any of the Illinois peoples

  3. 3 :  the Algonquian language of the Illinois

Origin and Etymology 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

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geographical name Il·li·nois \ˌi-lə-ˈnȯi also -ˈnȯiz\

Definition of Illinois

  1. 1 river 273 miles (439 kilometers) long in Illinois flowing southwest into the Mississippi River

  2. 2 state in the central part of the U.S. having the Mississippi River as its western boundary and bordering on Lake Michigan in the northeast; capital Springfield area 56,400 square miles (146,640 square kilometers), population 12,830,632

Illinoisan

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