- Word History
|part of speech:
||a Midwestern U.S. state west of Indiana. (abbr.: IL)
||a member of one of the Indian tribes that formerly lived in this state and bordering regions.
||the Algonquian language of these tribes.
||Illinoisan (adj.), Illinoisian (adj.), Illinoisan (n.), Illinoisian (n.)
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."