- a state in the SE United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. 58,560 sq. mi. (151,670 sq. km). Capital: Tallahassee. Abbreviation: FL (for use with zip code), Fla.
- Straits of. Also called Florida Straits, Florida Strait. an ocean passage between the Florida Keys and Cuba connecting the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Examples from the Web for florida
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.
“Please, please do not permit this to happen here in Florida,” wrote Cris K. Smith of East Polk County.
“I do not support gay marriages being recognized in Florida,” he wrote Andrew Walther of Sanford.
Meanwhile, in Florida, Bush was flooded with questions about whether gay marriage could possibly come to the Sunshine State.
A few days later, Bush replied, “We will uphold the law in Florida.”
I can bear witness to the value of her services in South Carolina and Florida.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
But to the acquisition of Florida too much importance can not be attached.
Hernando de Soto, the Adelantado of Florida, and that ismystory.The Trail Book
From Maine to Florida, gentlemen, the answer must be the same, slavery.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
What was included in Florida as the Spaniards understood it?Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
- a state of the southeastern US, between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico: consists mostly of a low-lying peninsula ending in the Florida Keys a chain of small islands off the coast of S Florida, extending southwest for over 160 km (100 miles). Capital: Tallahassee. Pop: 17 019 068 (2003 est). Area: 143 900 sq km (55 560 sq miles)Abbreviation: Fla., (with zip code) FL
- Straits of Florida a sea passage between the Florida Keys and Cuba, linking the Atlantic with the Gulf of Mexico
Word Origin and History for florida
U.S. state, formerly a Spanish colony, probably from Spanish Pascua florida, literally "flowering Easter," a Spanish name for Palm Sunday, because the peninsula was discovered on that day (March 20, 1513) by the expedition of Spanish explorer Ponce de León (1474-1521). From Latin floridus (see florid).