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[del-uh-wair] /ˈdɛl əˌwɛər/
noun, plural Delawares (especially collectively) Delaware for 5.
a state in the eastern United States, on the Atlantic coast. 2057 sq. mi. (5330 sq. km).
Capital: Dover.
Abbreviation: DE (for use with zip code), Del.
a city in central Ohio.
a river flowing S from SE New York, along the boundary between Pennsylvania and New Jersey into Delaware Bay. 296 miles (475 km) long.
a member of a grouping of North American Indian peoples, comprising the Munsee, Unami, and Unalachtigo, formerly occupying the drainage basin of the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River valley, and the intervening area.
the Eastern Algonquian language of any of the Delaware peoples.
  1. a red vinifera grape grown for table use that yields a white wine.
  2. the vine bearing this fruit. Unabridged
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  • I believe the whole crew of the Delaware was sorry when the cruise was up.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • If you mean the younger Delaware, he, too, has gone down with the water.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • An evil spirit has been among us, and the Delaware has blinded our eyes.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Then the Delaware invited his guest to enter his own lodge, and share his morning meal.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Beat it," repeated the young Delaware at the elbow of the scout.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for Delaware


(pl) -wares, -ware. a member of a North American Indian people formerly living near the Delaware River
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family


a state of the northeastern US, on the Delmarva Peninsula: mostly flat and low-lying, with hills in the extreme north and cypress swamps in the extreme south. Capital: Dover. Pop: 817 491 (2003 est). Area: 5004 sq km (1932 sq miles) Abbreviation Del., (with zip code) DE
a river in the northeastern US, rising in the Catskill Mountains and flowing south into Delaware Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic. Length 660 km (410 miles)


an American variety of grape that has sweet light red fruit
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Word Origin and History for Delaware

U.S. state, river, Indian tribe, named for the bay, which was named for Baron (commonly "Lord") De la Warr (Thomas West, 1577-1618), first English colonial governor of Virginia. The family name is attested from 1201, from Delaware in Brasted, Kent, probably ultimately from de la werre "of the war" (a warrior), from Old French werre/guerre "war."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Delaware in Culture

Delaware definition

State in the eastern United States bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Maryland to the west and south. Its capital is Dover, and its largest city is Wilmington.

Note: One of the thirteen colonies.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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