Ottawa

noun
Ot·​ta·​wa | \ ˈä-tə-wə How to pronounce Ottawa (audio) , -ˌwä, -ˌwȯ \
plural Ottawas or Ottawa

Definition of Ottawa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a member of an American Indian people of Michigan and southern Ontario

Ottawa

geographical name
Ot·​ta·​wa | \ ˈä-tə-wə How to pronounce Ottawa (audio) , -ˌwä, -ˌwȯ \

Definition of Ottawa (Entry 2 of 2)

1 river 696 miles (1120 kilometers) long in southeastern Ontario and southern Quebec, Canada, flowing east into the Saint Lawrence River
2 city and capital of Canada in southeastern Ontario on the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal population 812,129

First Known Use of Ottawa

Noun

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ottawa

Noun

French Outaoua, from Ojibwa (eastern dialect) ota·wa·

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Ottawa

Time Traveler for Ottawa

Time Traveler

The first known use of Ottawa was circa 1665

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Ottawa

Cite this Entry

“Ottawa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ottawa. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on Ottawa

Nglish: Translation of Ottawa for Spanish Speakers

Comments on Ottawa

What made you want to look up Ottawa? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!