texas

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

Definition of texas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Texas

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

Definition of Texas (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

First Known Use of texas

Noun

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for texas

Noun

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 16 May. 2021.

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