Midwestern state of the U.S., adjoining the Canadian border: admitted 1858; 79,610 sq mi (206,189 sq km); cap. St. Paul: abbrev. MN or Minn
Origin of Minnesotafrom Dakota mnísóta, Minnesota River, literally , whitish (cloudy or milky) water
Abbr. MN or Minn.
A state of the northern United States bordering on Lake Superior and on Manitoba and Ontario, Canada. It was admitted as the 32nd state in 1858. Explored by the French in the mid-1600s, the area became part of the United States through the Treaty of Paris (1783) and the Louisiana Purchase (1803). St. Paul is the capital and Minneapolis the largest city.x