Mi·​ami mī-ˈa-mē How to pronounce Miami (audio)
plural Miami or Miamis : a member of an Indigenous people originally of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana
: the Algonquian language of the Miami that is closely related to Illinois

Word History


alteration of French miamioua, from a Miami self-designation

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Miami was in 1698

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Cite this Entry

“Miami.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Mi·​ami mī-ˈa-mē How to pronounce Miami (audio)
city and port on Biscayne Bay in southeastern Florida population 399,457
Miamian noun

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