- a member of a confederacy of North American Indians of Algonquian stock, formerly occupying Illinois and adjoining regions westward.
- the Algonquian language of the Illinois and Miami Indians.
Origin of Illinois1
- a state in the central United States: a part of the Midwest. 56,400 sq. mi. (146,075 sq. km). Capital: Springfield. Abbreviation: IL (for use with zip code), Ill.
- a river flowing SW from NE Illinois to the Mississippi River: connected by a canal with Lake Michigan. 273 miles (440 km) long.
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Contemporary Examples of illinois
Hart Electric LLC An Illinois- based manufacturer of electrical components, and H.I. Cable.The 26 Next Hobby Lobbys
December 17, 2014
A bounty hunter told AFP that the suspected Texan could very well be Everett Livvix of Robinson, Illinois.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
Added Kinzinger, the Illinois rep, "We have to level the playing field in terms of creating a no-fly zone."U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
It was the moment that led Ryan to order a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois.
All of Chicago and half the state of Illinois seem to be involved in the case.
Historical Examples of illinois
Because if we was going so fast we ought to be past Illinois, oughtn't we?Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Elijah Lovejoy, an Illinois abolition editor, was killed by a mob.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
This club was incorporated under the state laws of Illinois, on January 26, 1899.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
The Canadians, who are numerous in Louisiana, are most of them at the Illinois.
The country of the Illinois is extremely good, and abounds with buffalo and other game.
- a state of the N central US, in the Midwest: consists of level prairie crossed by the Illinois and Kaskaskia Rivers; mainly agricultural. Capital: Springfield. Pop: 12 653 544 (2003 est). Area: 144 858 sq km (55 930 sq miles)Abbreviation: Ill., (with zip code) IL
- a river in Illinois, flowing SW to the Mississippi. Length: 439 km (273 miles)
Word Origin and History for illinois
U.S. territory created 1809; name is from a native Algonquian people who called themselves Inoca (1725), also written Ilinouek, Old Ottawa for "ordinary speaker." The modern form represents a 17c. French spelling, pronounced "ilinwe" at that time. Admitted as a state 1818.