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[ar-uh-zoh-nuh] /ˌær əˈzoʊ nə/
a state in SW United States. 113,909 sq. mi. (295,025 sq. km).
Capital: Phoenix.
Abbreviation: AZ (for use with zip code), Ariz.
Related forms
Arizonan, Arizonian
[ar-uh-zoh-nee-uh n] /ˌær əˈzoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • I am confident that public sentiment in Arizona is opposed to capital punishment.

  • It was stated that he went to Arizona, and nothing more is known of him.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • The gates closed a fort which we had built since our arrival in Arizona.

    Captured by the Navajos Charles A. Curtis
  • Arizona and New Mexico did the same, and Utah had been a suitor since 1850.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • In spite of his usual assurance, Arizona never felt easy with this man.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for Arizona


a state of the southwestern US: consists of the Colorado plateau in the northeast, including the Grand Canyon, divided from desert in the southwest by mountains rising over 3750 m (12 500 ft). Capital: Phoenix. Pop: 5 580 811 (2003 est). Area: 293 750 sq km (113 417 sq miles) Abbreviation Ariz., (with zip code) AZ
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Arizona

1861, originally as the name of a breakaway Confederate region of southern New Mexico; organized roughly along modern lines as a U.S. territory in 1863. From Spanish Arizonac, probably from a local name among the O'odham (Piman) people meaning "having a little spring." Alternative theory is that it derives from Basque arizonak "good oaks."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Arizona in Culture

Arizona definition

State in the southwestern United States bordered by Utah to the north, New Mexico to the east, Mexico to the south, and California and Nevada to the west. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix.

Note: The Grand Canyon is in northwestern Arizona.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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