Illinois[il′ə no̵i′; occas., -no̵iz′]
- Illinois is defined as a member of the group of Native Americans who lived in North Illinois, South Wisconsin and parts of Missouri and Iowa or the language of these people, or a midwestern state in the United States and a 273 mile river that flows through this state into the Mississippi River.
- An example of an Illinois is a Native American tribe member from South Wisconsin who spoke the Algonquin language.
- An example of Illinois is the state of which Chicago is the capital.
A 3d rendering of the state of Illinois.
- Midwestern state of the U.S.: admitted, 1818; 55,584 sq mi (143,961 sq km); pop. 12,419,000; cap. Springfield: abbrev. IL or Ill
- river in Ill., flowing from southwest of Chicago into the Mississippi, near St. Louis: c. 273 mi (439 km)
Origin of IllinoisFrench earlier also Ilinoués ; from name in an unidentified Algonquian language: perhaps origin, originally meaning ordinary speaker
nounpl. Illinois Illinois
- A member of a confederacy of Native American peoples formerly inhabiting southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and parts of eastern Iowa and Missouri, with a present-day population mostly in Oklahoma.
- The Algonquian language of the Illinois.
Origin of IllinoisFrench, variant of earlier ilino&udie;ek, of Algonquian origin, perhaps meaning “those who speak normally” and ultimately from Proto-Algonquian *elen-, regular, ordinary, in Algonquian fashion + *we·-, make sound, speak.
Abbr. IL or Ill.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 21st state in 1818. The area was explored by the French in the late 1600s, ceded by France to the British in 1763, and ceded by them to the newly formed United States in 1783. Springfield is the capital and Chicago the largest city.
Variant of Illinois