[ ar-uh-zoh-nuh ]

  1. a state in the southwestern United States. 113,909 sq. mi. (295,025 sq. km). Capital: Phoenix. Abbreviations: AZ (for use with zip code), Ariz.

Other words from Arizona

  • Arizonan, Ar·i·zo·ni·an [ar-uh-zoh-nee-uhn], /ˌær əˈzoʊ ni ən/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Arizona in a sentence

  • Grant felt an undefined tugging of race bonds here in this ring of alien faces, and he backed the Arizonan against the field.

    Dust of the Desert | Robert Welles Ritchie

British Dictionary definitions for Arizona


/ (ˌærɪˈzəʊnə) /

  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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Cultural definitions for 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.

Notes for Arizona

The Grand Canyon is in northwestern Arizona.

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