Missouri

geographical name
Mis·​sou·​ri | \ mə-ˈzu̇r-ē How to pronounce Missouri (audio) , by some residents mə-ˈzu̇r-ə How to pronounce Missouri (audio) \

Definition of Missouri

1 river 2466 miles (3968 kilometers) long in the western U.S. flowing from southwestern Montana into the Mississippi River in eastern Missouri — see three forks

Note: The waters that flow from the head of the Missouri to the mouth of the Mississippi form the longest stretch of river in North America 3877 miles (6238 kilometers).

2 state in the central U.S. having the Mississippi River forming its borders with Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee; capital Jefferson City area 69,697 square miles (180,515 square kilometers), population 5,988,927

Other Words from Missouri

Missourian \ mə-​ˈzu̇r-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Missourian (audio) \ adjective or noun

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“Missouri.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Missouri. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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