Ot·​ta·​wa ˈä-tə-wə How to pronounce Ottawa (audio)
variants or Odawa
plural Ottawas or Ottawa or Odawas or Odawa
: a member of an Indigenous people of Michigan and southern Ontario

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ottawa was circa 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Ottawa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ot·​ta·​wa ˈä-tə-wə How to pronounce Ottawa (audio)
river 696 miles (1120 kilometers) long in southeastern Ontario and southern Quebec, Canada, flowing east into the Saint Lawrence River
city and capital of Canada in southeastern Ontario on the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal population 812,129

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