[ ahr-kuh n-saw; also for 2 ar-kan-zuh s ]
/ ˈɑr kənˌsɔ; also for 2 ærˈkæn zəs /


state in S central United States. 53,103 sq. mi. (137,537 sq. km). Capital: Little Rock. Abbreviation: AR (for use with zip code), Ark.
a river flowing E and SE from central Colorado into the Mississippi in SE Arkansas. 1450 miles (2335 km) long.

Related forms

Ar·kan·san [ahr-kan-zuh n] /ɑrˈkæn zən/, Ar·kan·si·an [ahr-kan-zee-uh n] /ɑrˈkæn zi ən/, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arkansan

  • The Arkansan turned upon Melissy a startled face of agony, in which despair and hate stood out of a yellow pallor.

    Brand Blotters|William MacLeod Raine
  • Once more the Arkansan shook his head at the leaping flames.

    The Cavalier|George Washington Cable

British Dictionary definitions for arkansan (1 of 2)


/ (ɑːˈkænzən) /


a native or inhabitant of Arkansas


of or relating to Arkansas

British Dictionary definitions for arkansan (2 of 2)



(ˈɑːkənˌsɔː) a state of the southern US: mountainous in the north and west, with the alluvial plain of the Mississippi in the east; has the only diamond mine in the US; the chief US producer of bauxite. Capital: Little Rock. Pop: 2 725 714 (2003 est). Area: 134 537 sq km (51 945 sq miles)Abbreviation: Ark., (with zip code) AR
(ɑːˈkænzəs) a river in the S central US, rising in central Colorado and flowing east and southeast to join the Mississippi in Arkansas. Length: 2335 km (1450 miles)
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Culture definitions for arkansan


State in the south-central United States bordered by Missouri to the north, the Mississippi River to the east, Louisiana to the south, and Texas and Oklahoma to the west. Its capital and largest city is Little Rock.


One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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