texas

noun
tex·​as | \ ˈtek-səs How to pronounce texas (audio) , -siz \

Definition of texas

: a structure on the awning deck of a steamer that contains the officers' cabins and has the pilothouse in front or on top

First Known Use of texas

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for texas

Texas, state of U.S.; from the naming of cabins on Mississippi steamboats after states, the officers' cabins being the largest

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“Texas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/texas. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Texas geographical name

Tex·​as | \ ˈtek-səs How to pronounce Texas (audio) , -siz \

Definition of Texas

state in the southern U.S. bordering on Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico; capital Austin area 266,807 square miles (691,030 square kilometers), population 25,145,561

Other Words from texas

Texan \ ˈtek-​sən How to pronounce Texas (audio) \ adjective or noun

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