Midwestern state of the U.S.: admitted, 1816; 35,867 sq mi (92,895 sq km); pop. 6,080,000; cap. Indianapolis: abbrev. IN, In, or Ind
Origin of IndianaModern Latin “land of the Indians”
Abbr. IN or Ind.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 19th state in 1816. The area was controlled by France until 1763 and by Great Britain until 1783. The Indiana Territory was formed in 1800. Indianapolis is the capital and the largest city.
- In′di·an′an, In′di·an′i·an
- A state of the United States of America Capital and largest city: Indianapolis.
From English "Indiana Territory," dating from 1800, noting the territory's large Native American population (of which there are less than 8,000 today).