Illinois definition

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The Algonquian language of the Illinois.
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A member of a confederacy of Native American peoples formerly inhabiting southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and parts of eastern Iowa and Missouri, with a present-day population mostly in Oklahoma.
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A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 21st state in 1818. The area was explored by the French in the late 1600s, ceded by France to the British in 1763, and ceded by them to the newly formed United States in 1783. Springfield is the capital and Chicago the largest city.
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A member of a confederacy of North American Indian peoples that lived in N Illinois, S Wisconsin, and parts of Iowa and Missouri.
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The Algonquian language of this people.
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Illinois is defined as a member of the group of Native Americans who lived in North Illinois, South Wisconsin and parts of Missouri and Iowa or the language of these people, or a midwestern state in the United States and a 273 mile river that flows through this state into the Mississippi River.

An example of an Illinois is a Native American tribe member from South Wisconsin who spoke the Algonquin language.

An example of Illinois is the state of which Chicago is the capital.

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(place) Midwestern state of the U.S.: admitted 1818; 55,584 sq mi (143,961 sq km); cap. Springfield.
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(place) River in Ill., flowing from southwest of Chicago into the Mississippi, near St. Louis: c. 273 mi (439 km)
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A state of the United States of America Capital: Springfield. Largest city: Chicago.
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Of or relating to the Miami-Illinois language.
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Any of a tribe of Native Americans who formerly occupied the region between the Wabash and Mississippi rivers.
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Origin of illinois

  • French variant of earlier ilinoüek of Algonquian origin perhaps meaning “those who speak normally” and ultimately from Proto-Algonquian elen- regular, ordinary, in Algonquian fashion we·- make sound, speak

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French adaptation of an Algonquian (perhaps Ojibwe) term ilenweewa, meaning "they speak normally."

    From Wiktionary