Texas

[tek-suh s]
noun
  1. a state in the S United States. 267,339 sq. mi. (692,410 sq. km). Capital: Austin. Abbreviation: Tex., TX (for use with zip code).
Related formsTex·an, Tex·i·an [tek-see-uh n] /ˈtɛk si ən/, adjective, noun
Can be confusedTexan Tucson Tuscan
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Contemporary Examples of texan

Historical Examples of texan

  • It was with difficulty that his life was saved from the just fury of the Texan soldiers.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • When the fort was captured, every Texan fell, fighting to the last.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Then the Texan walked toward the bench, Eliot running to join him.

  • His face dark, the Texan shook Rackliff until his teeth rattled.

  • For answer the Texan rapped the bar with the butt of his gun: "Silence in the court!"

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx


British Dictionary definitions for texan

Texan

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Texas
adjective
  1. of or relating to Texas or its inhabitants

Texas

noun
  1. a state of the southwestern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: the second largest state; part of Mexico from 1821 to 1836, when it was declared an independent republic; joined the US in 1845; consists chiefly of a plain, with a wide flat coastal belt rising up to the semiarid Sacramento and Davis Mountains of the southwest; a major producer of cotton, rice, and livestock; the chief US producer of oil and gas; a leading world supplier of sulphur. Capital: Austin. Pop: 22 118 509 (2003 est). Area: 678 927 sq km (262 134 sq miles)Abbreviation: Tex, (with zip code) TX
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for texan

Texas

Mexican province, briefly an independent nation and now a U.S. state, from Spanish Texas, Tejas, earlier pronounced "ta-shas," originally an ethnic name, from Caddo (eastern Texas Indian tribe) taysha "friends, allies," written by the Spanish as a plural. Baseball Texas-leaguer is recorded from 1905.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

texan in Culture

Texas

State in the southwestern United States bordered by Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas and Louisiana to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico to the south, and New Mexico to the west. Its capital is Austin, and its largest city is Houston.

Note

One of the border states with Mexico; Mexican aliens often cross the border into Texas.

Note

One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.

Note

Long the largest state, it became second largest with the admission of Alaska as the forty-ninth state in 1959.
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