Illinois
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˌɪləˈnɔɪ/
Proper noun
  1. A state of USA.
  2. A tribe who formerly inhabited the region between the Wabash and Mississippi rivers.
  3. The language spoken by this tribe, the Miami-Illinois language.
    • 1917, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, page 91:
      Another interesting Illinois word is the name of the celebrated chief, which the French made Chachagouache.
    • 2004, Sandy Nestor, Indian Placenames in America, volume 1, page 61:
      PISTAKEE LAKE (Lake) Part of the Chain of Lakes, Pistakee is an Illinois word taken from pestekouy, meaning "buffalo"[.]
    • 2005, Jennifer Lee, The Illinois Confederacy of Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, ..., page 5:
      These words are believed to have come from the Illinois word "irenweewa," which meant "he speaks in the ordinary way."
    • 2013, Brett Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries, page 56:
      Another Illinois word describing physical detention, kikiȣnakiȣi, meant “slave” in the seventeenth century, but in modern usage the root has softened into a meaning that suggests being detained, held up, or merely running late.
  4. A river in USA that flows from northern Illinois to the Mississippi River.
  5. A river in USA that flows from the Never Summer Mountains in the Rockies into the Michigan River.
  6. A river in USA that flows from the Ozarks into the Arkansas River.
  7. A river in USA that flows from southwestern Oregon into the Rogue river.
  8. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Translations Noun

Illinois (plural Illinois)

  1. A member of the above-mentioned tribe.



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