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Illinois

Il·li·nois

Illinois

pronunciation:
l l noI
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Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a Midwestern U.S. state west of Indiana. (abbr.: IL)
definition 2: a member of one of the Indian tribes that formerly lived in this state and bordering regions.
definition 3: the Algonquian language of these tribes.
derivations: Illinoisan (adj.), Illinoisian (adj.), Illinoisan (n.), Illinoisian (n.)
Word History
Illinois is the French spelling of illini, an Algonquin name for the group of six Indian nations living in the area. Illini means "warriors" or "superior people."