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.
Illinois definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French earlier also Ilinoués ; from name in an unidentified Algonquian language: perhaps origin, originally meaning ordinary speaker
Illinois definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. Illinois Illinois
- a. A confederacy of Native American peoples formerly inhabiting southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and parts of eastern Iowa and Missouri, with present-day descendants mostly in Oklahoma.b. A member of this confederacy.
- The Algonquian language of the Illinois.
Origin: French, of Algonquian origin.
Abbr. IL or Ill.
- Ilˌli·noisˈan adjective
Illinois - Cultural Definition
State in the north-central United States bordered on the north by Wisconsin, the east by Indiana, the south by Kentucky, and the west by Missouri and Iowa. Its capital is Springfield, and its largest city is Chicago.
- Known as the “Land of Lincoln” because Abraham Lincoln began his political career there.
Variant of Illinois