[ awr-i-guhn, ‐gon, or‐ ]

  1. a state in the northwestern United States, on the Pacific coast. 96,981 square miles (251,180 square kilometers). Capital: Salem. Abbreviations: OR (for use with zip code), Oreg., Ore.

  2. a city in northwestern Ohio.

Origin of Oregon

First recorded in 1870–75

Other words from Oregon

  • Or·e·go·ni·an [awr-i-goh-nee-uhn, or‐], /ˌɔr ɪˈgoʊ ni ən, ˌɒr‐/, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Oregon

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How to use Oregon in a sentence

  • Cheap as they are, they are a poorer speculation than even corner lots in a lithographic city of Nebraska or Oregon.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • President Jefferson was also very much interested in the Oregon Country.

  • The Oregon boundary was adjusted, and all fear of war between the two countries removed.

  • About one o'clock, when she was four miles away, the Oregon sent a huge shell whizzing from one of her great 13-inch guns.

  • Kirgan was an old friend, as you might say: he had been on the Oregon building job with us and knew the boss through and through.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for Oregon


/ (ˈɒrɪɡən) /

  1. a state of the northwestern US, on the Pacific: consists of the Coast and Cascade Ranges in the west and a plateau in the east; important timber production. Capital: Salem. Pop: 3 559 596 (2003 est). Area: 251 418 sq km (97 073 sq miles): Abbreviation: Oreg., (with zip code) OR

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Cultural definitions for Oregon


State in the northwestern United States bordered by Washington to the north, Idaho to the east, Nevada and California to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its capital is Salem, and its largest city is Portland.

Notes for Oregon

Before the coming of the railroads, the Oregon Trail was used as an overland emigration route from the Missouri River to the Columbia River country (all of which was then called Oregon).

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