A closeup view of a globe showing the state of Alaska.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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); pop. 627,000; 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: probably via Russian Aliaska ; from Aleut Alasxa, name of the Alaska Peninsula
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Abbr. AK or Alas.
- A·lasˈkan adjective & n.
, Gulf of