[nuh-vad-uh, -vah-duh]
  1. a state in the W United States. 110,540 sq. mi. (286,300 sq. km). Capital: Carson City. Abbreviation: NV (for use with zip code), Nev.
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Contemporary Examples of nevadan

  • Ironically, Ensign still has a friend in the U.S. Senate, his onetime rival and fellow Nevadan Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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    Tarnished Ensign's Next Move

    Sally Denton

    October 8, 2009

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British Dictionary definitions for nevadan


  1. a native or inhabitant of Nevada


  1. a state of the western US: lies almost wholly within the Great Basin, a vast desert plateau; noted for production of gold and copper. Capital: Carson City. Pop: 2 241 154 (2003 est). Area: 284 612 sq km (109 889 sq miles)Abbreviation: Nev., (with zip code) NV
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Word Origin and History for nevadan


U.S. state (organized as a territory 1861, admitted 1864), named for Sierra Nevada mountain range on its western boundary, literally "snowy mountains," from fem. of Spanish nevado "snowy" (see neve).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nevadan in Culture


State in the western United States bordered by Oregon and Idaho to the north, Utah and Arizona to the east, and California to the south and west. Its capital is Carson City, and its largest city is Las Vegas.


Long known as a center of gambling.
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