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Arizona

[ar-uh-zoh-nuh]
noun
  1. a state in SW United States. 113,909 sq. mi. (295,025 sq. km). Capital: Phoenix. Abbreviation: AZ (for use with zip code), Ariz.
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Related formsAr·izo·nan, Ar·i·zo·ni·an [ar-uh-zoh-nee-uh n] /ˌær əˈzoʊ ni ən/, adjective, noun
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  • Arizona had vacated his favorite seat, and was now holding the floor.

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  • The ninth, Arizona, barely escaped with his life a little while ago.

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  • Arizona ceased plastering the soap on his saddle and stood erect.

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  • It was Arizona who spoke least and rendered most assistance.

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  • There was a low murmur, and Arizona raised a pair of fierce eyes to his face.

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British Dictionary definitions for arizona

Arizona

noun
  1. a state of the southwestern US: consists of the Colorado plateau in the northeast, including the Grand Canyon, divided from desert in the southwest by mountains rising over 3750 m (12 500 ft). Capital: Phoenix. Pop: 5 580 811 (2003 est). Area: 293 750 sq km (113 417 sq miles)Abbreviation: Ariz., (with zip code) AZ
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Word Origin and History for arizona

Arizona

1861, originally as the name of a breakaway Confederate region of southern New Mexico; organized roughly along modern lines as a U.S. territory in 1863. From Spanish Arizonac, probably from a local name among the O'odham (Piman) people meaning "having a little spring." Alternative theory is that it derives from Basque arizonak "good oaks."

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arizona in Culture

Arizona

State in the southwestern United States bordered by Utah to the north, New Mexico to the east, Mexico to the south, and California and Nevada to the west. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix.

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Note

The Grand Canyon is in northwestern Arizona.
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