[ al-uh-bam-uh ]

  1. a state in the southeastern United States. 51,609 sq. mi. (133,670 sq. km). Capital: Montgomery. Abbreviations: AL (for use with zip code), Ala.

  2. a river flowing southwest from central Alabama to the Mobile River. 315 miles (505 km) long.

Other words from Alabama

  • Al·a·bam·i·an [al-uh-bam-ee-uhn], /ˌæl əˈbæm i ən/, Al·a·bam·an, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Alabama


/ (ˌæləˈbæmə) /

  1. a state of the southeastern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: consists of coastal and W lowlands crossed by the Tombigbee, Black Warrior, and Alabama Rivers, with parts of the Tennessee Valley and Cumberland Plateau in the north; noted for producing cotton and white marble. Capital: Montgomery. Pop: 4 500 752 (2003 est). Area: 131 333 sq km (50 708 sq miles): Abbreviation: Ala, (with zip code) AL

  2. a river in Alabama, flowing southwest to the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers. Length: 507 km (315 miles)

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Cultural definitions for Alabama


State in the southeastern United States bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Its capital is Montgomery, and its largest city is Birmingham.

Notes for Alabama

One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.

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