tex·​as ˈtek-səs How to pronounce texas (audio)
: a structure on the awning deck of a steamer that contains the officers' cabins and has the pilothouse in front or on top

Word History


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

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of texas was in 1857

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“Texas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/texas. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Tex·​as ˈtek-səs How to pronounce Texas (audio)
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
Texan adjective or noun

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