- state of the U.S. in NW North America, separated from Asia by the Bering Strait: land bought from Russia in 1867: admitted 1959: 571,951 sq mi (1,481,348 sq km); cap. Juneau: abbrev. AK or Alas
- inlet of the Pacific in the S coast of Alaska between the Alaska Peninsula and the Alexander Archipelago
Origin of Alaskaprobably via Russian Aliaska ; from Aleut Ala?sxa?, name of the Alaska Peninsula
Abbr. AK or Alas.