- Midwestern state of the NC U.S.: admitted 1848: 54,310 sq mi (140,663 sq km); cap. Madison: abbrev. WI, Wis, or Wisc
- river in Wis., flowing into the Mississippi: 430 mi (692 km)
Origin of Wisconsin; from French Ouisconsing, name of the river ; from an Algonquian language, probably Ojibwa: meaning unknown
Abbr. WI or Wis.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 30th state in 1848. Settled by the French in the 1600s, the region was ceded to Great Britain in 1763 and became part of the Northwest Territory in 1787. Madison is the capital and Milwaukee is the largest city.