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Ottawa

[ot-uh-wuh]
noun, plural Ot·ta·was, (especially collectively) Ot·ta·wa for 5.
  1. a city in and the capital of Canada, in SE Ontario.
  2. a river in SE Canada, flowing SE along the boundary between Ontario and Quebec into the St. Lawrence at Montreal. 685 miles (1105 km) long.
  3. a city in NE Illinois, SW of Chicago.
  4. a town in E Kansas.
  5. a member of a tribe of Algonquian Indians of Canada, forced into the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan regions by the Iroquois confederacy.
  6. the Ojibwa language as used by the Ottawa Indians.
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Canada

[kan-uh-duh]
noun
  1. a nation in N North America: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 3,690,410 sq. mi. (9,558,160 sq. km). Capital: Ottawa.
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Contemporary Examples of ottawa

Historical Examples of ottawa

  • It was somewhat late in the afternoon when he reached the city of Ottawa.

  • I don't think it is worse than Ottawa, but the air is purer here.

  • Still, I imagine he would think there was no reason for staying in Ottawa.

  • The money is deposited in a bank here, and will be credited to Kenyon in the bank at Ottawa.'

  • I knew you had time to get to Ottawa and see the mine in twelve days from London.


British Dictionary definitions for ottawa

Ottawa

noun
  1. the capital of Canada, in E Ontario on the Ottawa River: name changed from Bytown to Ottawa in 1854. Pop: 774 072 (2001)
  2. a river in central Canada, rising in W Quebec and flowing west, then southeast to join the St Lawrence River as its chief tributary at Montreal; forms the border between Quebec and Ontario for most of its length. Length: 1120 km (696 miles)
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Canada

noun
  1. a country in North America: the second largest country in the world; first permanent settlements by Europeans were made by the French from 1605; ceded to Britain in 1763 after a series of colonial wars; established as the Dominion of Canada in 1867; a member of the Commonwealth. It consists generally of sparsely inhabited tundra regions, rich in natural resources, in the north, the Rocky Mountains in the west, the Canadian Shield in the east, and vast central prairies; the bulk of the population is concentrated along the US border and the Great Lakes in the south. Languages: English and French. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Canadian dollar. Capital: Ottawa. Pop: 34 568 211 (2013 est). Area: 9 976 185 sq km (3 851 809 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for ottawa

Ottawa

Canadian capital, founded 1827 as Bytown, named for English officer John By, who oversaw construction of the canal there; renamed 1854, when it became capital, for the Ottawa River, which took its name from the Algonquian people who lived in Michigan and Ontario. Their name is said to be from adawe "to trade."

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Canada

1560s (implied in Canadian), said to be a Latinized form of a word for "village" in an Iroquoian language of the St. Lawrence valley that had gone extinct by 1600. Most still-spoken Iroquoian languages have a similar word (e.g. Mohawk kana:ta "town"). Canada goose is attested from 1772.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ottawa in Culture

Ottawa

Capital of Canada, located in southeastern Ontario across the Ottawa River from Quebec.

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Canada

Nation in northern North America, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Pacific Ocean and Alaska to the west, and the United States to the south. Its capital is Ottawa, and its largest city is Toronto. In area, Canada is the second largest nation in the world, behind Russia.

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Note

A French explorer founded Quebec in 1608.

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It is an ally of the United States, though conflict has arisen over environmental and trade issues. Each country is the other's leading partner in world trade (see North American Free Trade Agreement).

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The border between Canada and the United States is the longest unguarded border in the world.

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Canada has experienced recurring tension arising from a separatist movement in French-speaking Quebec province. In 1995, separatists were narrowly defeated in a referendum.
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