Mountain State of the W U.S.: admitted, 1864; 109,826 sq mi (284,448 sq km); pop. 1,998,000; cap. Carson City: abbrev. NV or Nev
after (Sierra) Nevada
See Nevada in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A state of the western United States. It was admitted as the 36th state in 1864. Part of the area ceded by Mexico to the United States in 1848, it became a separate territory in 1861 after an influx of settlers drawn by the discovery (1859) of the Comstock Lode. Carson City is the capital and Las Vegas the largest city. Population: 2,570,000.