[ min-uh-soh-tuh ]

  1. a state in the northern central United States. 84,068 sq. mi. (217,735 sq. km). Capital: St. Paul. Abbreviations: MN (for use with zip code), Minn.

  2. a river flowing southeast from the western border of Minnesota into the Mississippi near St. Paul. 332 miles (535 km) long.

Other words from Minnesota

  • Min·ne·so·tan, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Minnesota


/ (ˌmɪnɪˈsəʊtə) /

  1. a state of the N central US: chief US producer of iron ore. Capital: St Paul. Pop: 5 059 375 (2003 est). Area: 218 600 sq km (84 402 sq miles): Abbreviation: Minn, (with zip code) MN

  2. a river in S Minnesota, flowing southeast and northeast to the Mississippi River near St Paul. Length: 534 km (332 miles)

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Cultural definitions for Minnesota


State in the north-central United States bordered by Manitoba and Ontario, Canada, to the north; Lake Superior and Wisconsin to the east; Iowa to the south; and South Dakota and North Dakota to the west. Its capital is St. Paul, and its largest city is Minneapolis.

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