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Delaware1

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛləwɛː
 
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1A river of the north-eastern US. Rising in the Catskill Mountains in New York State, it flows some 450 km (280 miles) southwards to northern Delaware, where it meets the Atlantic at Delaware Bay. For much of its length it forms the eastern border of Pennsylvania.
2A state of the US on the Atlantic coast, one of the original thirteen states of the Union (1787); population 873,092 (est. 2008); capital, Dover.

Derivatives

Delawarean

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noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Of course he would be pale - one doesn't get much sun in England - but his paleness marked him as an outsider amongst these tan Delawareans.
  • The artists to be included were native Delawareans, studied in Delaware or made their careers in the state.

Words that rhyme with Delaware

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Delaware2

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛləwɛː
 
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noun (plural same or Delawares)

1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Delaware River valley of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
Example sentences
  • This Indian Territory was where eastern Indian tribes such as the Kickapoos, Delawares, and Shawnees lived.
  • Among the tribes represented were Delawares, Iroquois, Wyandots, Miamis, Ottawas, Pottawattamies, Creeks, Sac and Fox, Choctaw.
  • Pontiac himself claimed to have waged war ‘solely on repeated invitations made me by the Delawares, Iroquois, and Shawnees.’
2 [mass noun] Either of two Algonquian languages (Munsi and Unami), both now extinct, spoken by the Delaware.

adjective

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Relating to the Delaware or their languages.
Example sentences
  • Its name comes from a Delaware Indian word meaning ‘on the great plain’ and its 253,500 sq. kilometres range from Rocky snow peaks to hot springs to truly great plains.
  • Wyoming is a word derived from a Delaware word which meant ‘extensive flats’ or ‘great bottom lands’.
  • During his very active life Zeisberger managed to publish several works in the Delaware tongue.

Origin

named after the River Delaware (see Delaware1).

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