[ kol-uh-rad-oh, -rah-doh ]

  1. (of cigars) of medium color and strength.

Origin of colorado

<Spanish <Latin colōrātus colored. See color, -ate1

Other definitions for Colorado (2 of 2)

[ kol-uh-rad-oh, -rah-doh; for 4 also Spanish kaw-law-rah-thaw ]

  1. a state in the western United States. 104,247 sq. mi. (270,000 sq. km). Capital: Denver. Abbreviations: CO (for use with zip code), Col., Colo.

  2. a river flowing southwest from northern Colorado through Utah and Arizona into the Gulf of California: Grand Canyon; Boulder Dam. 1,450 miles (2,335 km) long.

  1. a river flowing southeast from western Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. 840 miles (1,350 km) long.

  2. Rí·o Col·o·ra·do [Spanish ree-aw kaw-law-rah-thaw], /Spanish ˈri ɔ ˌkɔ lɔˈrɑ ðɔ/, a river in central Argentina, flowing southeast from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. 530 miles (853 km) long.

Other words from Colorado

  • Col·o·rad·an, Col·o·rad·o·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use colorado in a sentence

  • State officials have said more than 90 percent of Coloradans with cancelled plans were allowed to keep them.

    GOP Shies Away From Obamacare Repeal | Kaiser Health News | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • But when Coloradans and Texans met in conflict he had not felt as he did now.

    Lone Pine | R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend

British Dictionary definitions for Colorado


/ (ˌkɒləˈrɑːdəʊ) /

  1. a state of the central US: consists of the Great Plains in the east and the Rockies in the west; drained chiefly by the Colorado, Arkansas, South Platte, and Rio Grande Rivers. Capital: Denver. Pop: 4 550 688 (2003 est). Area: 269 998 sq km (104 247 sq miles): Abbreviation: Colo., (with zip code) CO

  2. a river in SW North America, rising in the Rocky Mountains and flowing southwest to the Gulf of California: famous for the 1600 km (1000 miles) of canyons along its course. Length: about 2320 km (1440 miles)

  1. a river in central Texas, flowing southeast to the Gulf of Mexico. Length: about 1450 km (900 miles)

  2. a river in central Argentina, flowing southeast to the Atlantic. Length: about 850 km (530 miles)

Origin of Colorado

Spanish, literally: red, from Latin colōrātus coloured, tinted red; see colour

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Cultural definitions for Colorado


State in the west-central United States in the Rocky Mountains, bordered by Wyoming and Nebraska to the north, Nebraska and Kansas to the east, Oklahoma and New Mexico to the south, and Utah to the west. Its capital and largest city is Denver.

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