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[ min-uh-soh-tuh ]
/ ˌmɪn əˈsoʊ tə /


a state in the N central United States. 84,068 sq. mi. (217,735 sq. km). Capital: St. Paul. Abbreviation: MN (for use with zip code), Minn.
a river flowing SE from the W border of Minnesota into the Mississippi near St. Paul. 332 miles (535 km) long.


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British Dictionary definitions for minnesota


/ (ˌmɪnɪˈsəʊtə) /


a state of the N central US: chief US producer of iron ore. Capital: St Paul. Pop: 5 059 375 (2003 est). Area: 218 600 sq km (84 402 sq miles)Abbreviation: Minn, (with zip code) MN
a river in S Minnesota, flowing southeast and northeast to the Mississippi River near St Paul. Length: 534 km (332 miles)
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Word Origin and History for minnesota


originally the name of the river, from Dakota (Siouan) mnisota, literally "cloudy water, milky water," from mni "river, stream" + sota "slightly clouded." As the name of a U.S. territory from 1849 (admitted as a state 1858). Related: Minnesotan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for minnesota


State in the north-central United States bordered by Manitoba and Ontario, Canada, to the north; Lake Superior and Wisconsin to the east; Iowa to the south; and South Dakota and North Dakota to the west. Its capital is St. Paul, and its largest city is Minneapolis.

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