- pl. Mi·am′is or Mi·am′i a member of a North American Indian people formerly of Indiana and nearby areas, that emigrated in the 19th cent. to Oklahoma
- the Algonquian language of this people
Origin of MiamiFrench from Illinois miamioua
city on the SE coast of Fla.
Origin of Miamifrom Spanish Mayaimi, name for Lake Okeechobee, influenced, influence by name of the Miami Indian people
nounpl. Miami, or Mi·am·is
- A member of a Native American people originally of the Green Bay area of Wisconsin, with various groups later inhabiting parts of southern Michigan and northern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Present-day populations are in northern Indiana and northeast Oklahoma.
- The variety of Illinois spoken by the Miami.
A city of southeast Florida on Biscayne Bay south of Fort Lauderdale. Settled in the 1870s near the site of a fort built in 1836, it expanded greatly during the land boom of the 1920s and again after World War II. A wave of Cuban immigration began in 1959 when Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba. Miami is now a major port and commercial center.x