A map showing the state of Nevada.
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
Origin of Nevadaafter (Sierra) Nevada
Abbr. NV or Nev.
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.
- Ne·vad′an, Ne·vad′i·an
From Spanish nevada, "snow-covered."