[ awr-i-guhn, ‑-gon, or ]


  1. a state in the northwestern United States, on the Pacific coast. 96,981 square miles (251,180 square kilometers). : Salem. : OR (for use with zip code), Oreg., Ore.
  2. a city in northwestern Ohio.


/ ˈɒrɪɡən /


  1. a state of the northwestern US, on the Pacific: consists of the Coast and Cascade Ranges in the west and a plateau in the east; important timber production. Capital: Salem. Pop: 3 559 596 (2003 est). Area: 251 418 sq km (97 073 sq miles) AbbreviationOreg.with zip codeOR


  1. State in the northwestern United States bordered by Washington to the north, Idaho to the east, Nevada and California to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its capital is Salem, and its largest city is Portland .

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Before the coming of the railroads, the Oregon Trail was used as an overland emigration route from the Missouri River to the Columbia River country (all of which was then called Oregon).

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Other Words From

  • Or·e·go·ni·an [awr-i-, goh, -nee-, uh, n, or‑], adjective noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Oregon1

First recorded in 1870–75

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Example Sentences

The Port of San Diego’s landlords want to build a highway to Oregon — through the ocean.

It’s located in a stunningly beautiful, extremely remote stretch of shoreline along Northern California’s Salmon River, about three hours south of the Oregon border.

Nicolle Dirks owns the Portland, Oregon, restaurant Epif with her husband, chef Pepe Arancibia.

From Eater

That meant farming biodynamically, supporting Salud — a charity that benefits Oregon vineyard workers — and handling the business themselves until 2010, when they felt able to hire their first employees with a salary and full benefits.

One of them, Tim Davis, 59, of Springfield, Oregon, told ProPublica he “couldn’t comment” about whether the riot in Salem inspired him to travel to the nation’s capital.

Electric Swamp Blues How can you possibly find authentic swamp blues in Portland, Oregon?

As southern California turns to desert western Canada could follow Oregon and Washington states as a contender in top class wines.

There was a logic to it – many of the wines were from the Pacific Northwest, principally from Oregon and Washington state.

Seventy three percent of students at David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon are low-income.

Cvetkovich claimed her husband had kidnapped her two young children and took off for Oregon in search of Masters.

Cheap as they are, they are a poorer speculation than even corner lots in a lithographic city of Nebraska or Oregon.

President Jefferson was also very much interested in the Oregon Country.

The Oregon boundary was adjusted, and all fear of war between the two countries removed.

About one o'clock, when she was four miles away, the Oregon sent a huge shell whizzing from one of her great 13-inch guns.

Kirgan was an old friend, as you might say: he had been on the Oregon building job with us and knew the boss through and through.


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