- Southern state of the SE U.S., mostly on a peninsula between the Atlantic & the Gulf of Mexico: admitted 1845; 53,927 sq mi (139,670 sq km); cap. Tallahassee: abbrev. FL or Fla
- strait between the S tip of Fla. & Cuba on the south & the Bahamas on the southeast: it connects the Atlantic & the Gulf of Mexicoalso called Florida Strait
Origin of FloridaSpanish ; from L, literally , abounding in flowers ; from flos (gen. floris): see bloom: so named by Ponce de León
Abbr. FL or Fla.
- Flo·rid′i·an , Flor′i·dan
From Spanish Pascua Florida, meaning "flowery Easter."