Ottawa

[ ot-uh-wuh ]
/ ˈɒt ə wə /

noun, plural Ot·ta·was, (especially collectively) Ot·ta·wa for 5.

a city in and the capital of Canada, in SE Ontario.
a river in SE Canada, flowing SE along the boundary between Ontario and Quebec into the St. Lawrence at Montreal. 685 miles (1,105 km) long.
a city in NE Illinois, SW of Chicago.
a town in E Kansas.
a member of a tribe of Algonquian Indians of Canada, forced into the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan regions by the Iroquois confederacy.
the Ojibwa language as used by the Ottawa Indians.

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British Dictionary definitions for Ottawa

Ottawa
/ (ˈɒtəwə) /

noun

the capital of Canada, in E Ontario on the Ottawa River: name changed from Bytown to Ottawa in 1854. Pop: 774 072 (2001)
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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Cultural definitions for Ottawa

Ottawa

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

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