[kol-uh-rad-oh, -rah-doh; for 4 also Spanish kaw-law-rah-th aw]
  1. a state in the W United States. 104,247 sq. mi. (270,000 sq. km). Capital: Denver. Abbreviation: CO (for use with zip code), Col., Colo.
  2. a river flowing SW from N Colorado through Utah and Arizona into the Gulf of California: Grand Canyon; Boulder Dam. 1450 miles (2335 km) long.
  3. a river flowing SE from W Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. 840 miles (1350 km) long.
  4. Rí·o [ree-oh; Spanish ree-aw] /ˈri oʊ; Spanish ˈri ɔ/, a river in central Argentina, flowing SE from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. 530 miles (853 km) long.
Related formsCol·o·rad·an, Col·o·rad·o·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of denver

  • Why didn't you do as I told you—hang to the bridle and fight Denver off with your whip?

  • Once in the White Sea, the Denver was made ready for instant action.

    The Solar Magnet

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • From their altitude of four thousand feet, they could see the Denver.

    The Solar Magnet

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • Moreover, she would soon be in Denver, on her way back home.

  • McGuire had developed it with capital from Denver, built a narrow gauge in.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for denver


  1. a city in central Colorado: the state capital. Pop: 557 478 (2003 est)


  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)
  3. a river in central Texas, flowing southeast to the Gulf of Mexico. Length: about 1450 km (900 miles)
  4. a river in central Argentina, flowing southeast to the Atlantic. Length: about 850 km (530 miles)

Word Origin for Colorado

Spanish, literally: red, from Latin colōrātus coloured, tinted red; see colour
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Word Origin and History for denver


city in Colorado, U.S., founded 1858 as Auraria ("golden"), renamed 1859 for Gen. James W. Denver (1817-1892), governor of the territory. The family name is from the place of that name in Norfolk, literally "ford or passage used by the Danes," from Old English Dena (genitive plural) + fær.

The Denver boot or shoe as the name for a wheel clamp for illegally parked vehicles, supposedly was invented 1953 by Frank Marugg, pattern-maker and violinist with the Denver (U.S.A.) Symphony Orchestra. He was a friend of politicians and police department officials, and the city sheriff's department came to him for help in making a device to immobilize vehicles whose owners didn't pay parking tickets.


U.S. state (organized as a territory 1861, admitted as a state 1876), named for the river, Spanish Rio Colorado, from colorado "ruddy, reddish," literally "colored," past participle of colorar "to color, dye, paint," from Latin colorare (see coloration).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

denver in Culture


Capital of Colorado and the largest city in the state.


Known as the “Mile-High City” because of its location at an altitude of 5,280 feet.


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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