Ottawa definition

ŏtə-wə, -wä, -wô
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A member of a North American Indian people of Manitoulin Island and, at various times in the past, other scattered locations south of the upper Great Lakes.
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A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the northern shore of Lake Huron, with later settlements throughout the upper Great Lakes region. Present-day Ottawa populations are located mainly in southern Ontario, northern Michigan, and Oklahoma.
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The dialect of Ojibwa spoken by the Ottawa.
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The capital of Canada, in southeast Ontario at the confluence of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. It was founded as Bytown during the construction of the Rideau Canal and renamed Ottawa in 1855. Queen Victoria chose it as the capital of the Province of Canada in 1857. In 1867 it became the capital of the new Dominion of Canada.
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The Algonquian language of this people, a dialect of Ojibwa, also spoken by some groups known as Ojibwa.
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Of the Ottawas or their language or culture.
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(place) River in SE Canada, forming the border between Ontario & Quebec, flowing southeast into the St. Lawrence: 696 mi (1,120 km)
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(place) Capital of Canada, in SE Ontario, on the Ottawa River.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ottawa
Plural:
ottawas

Origin of ottawa

  • Ojibwa odaawaa

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