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[mad-uh-suh n] /ˈmæd ə sən/
Dolly or Dolley
[dol-ee] /ˈdɒl i/ (Show IPA),
(Dorothea Payne) 1768–1849, wife of James Madison.
James, 1751–1836, 4th president of the U.S. 1809–17.
a city in and the capital of Wisconsin, in the S part.
a city in NE New Jersey.
a town in S Connecticut.
a city in SE Indiana.
a river in SW Montana and NW Wyoming, flowing N to join the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers and form the Missouri River. 183 miles (294 km) long.
a dance in which the participants stand side by side in a line while one person, acting as leader, calls out various steps, each letter of the word “Madison” signaling a specific step.


[wis-kon-suh n] /wɪsˈkɒn sən/
a state in the N central United States: a part of the Midwest. 56,154 sq. mi. (145,440 sq. km).
Capital: Madison.
Abbreviation: WI (for use with zip code), Wis., Wisc.
a river flowing SW from N Wisconsin to the Mississippi. 430 miles (690 km) long.
the fourth stage of the glaciation of North America during the Pleistocene.
Compare Würm.
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a type of cycle relay race
Word Origin
C20: from Madison Square Gardens in New York City, early venue for such races


a city in the US, in S central Wisconsin, on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona: the state capital. Pop: 218 432 (2003 est)


James. 1751–1836, US statesman; 4th president of the US (1809–17). He helped to draft the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. His presidency was dominated by the War of 1812


a state of the N central US, on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan: consists of an undulating plain, with uplands in the north and west; over 168 m (550 ft) above sea level along the shore of Lake Michigan. Capital: Madison. Pop: 5 472 299 (2003 est). Area: 141 061 sq km (54 464 sq miles) Abbreviation Wis., Wis, (with zip code) WI
a river in central and SW Wisconsin, flowing south and west to the Mississippi. Length: 692 km (430 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Madison

surname attested from early 15c., probably in many cases a variant of Mathieson "son of Matthew," but in some cases perhaps "son of Maddy," from the pet form of the fem. proper name Maud. The city in Wisconsin, U.S., was named 1836 for U.S. President James Madison, who had died that year. As the name of a popular dance of 1960, its signification is unknown; supposedly it originated in Baltimore.


organized as a U.S. territory 1836; admitted as a state 1848. originally applied to the Wisconsin River; a native name of unknown origin. Early spellings include Mescousing and Wishkonsing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Madison in Culture

Madison definition

Capital of Wisconsin.

Note: Location of the main branch of the University of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin definition

State in the north-central United States bordered by Lake Superior and the state of Michigan to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Illinois to the south, and Iowa and Minnesota to the west. Its capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee.

Note: Known for its dairy products, especially cheese.
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