There are 2 definitions of Delaware in English:


Syllabification: Del·a·ware
Pronunciation: /ˈdeləˌwe(ə)r
1A river in the northeastern US that rises in the Catskill Mountains in New York and flows south for about 280 miles (450 km) to northern Delaware, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean at Delaware Bay. For much of its length it forms the eastern border of Pennsylvania.
2A state in the eastern US, on the Atlantic coast;; population 873,092 (est. 2008); capital, Dover; statehood, Dec. 7, 1787 (1). One of the original thirteen states, it was the first to ratify the US Constitution.

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There are 2 definitions of Delaware in English:


Syllabification: Del·a·ware
Pronunciation: /

noun (plural same or Delawares)

1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Delaware River valley of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
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  • 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.’
2Either of two Algonquian languages (Munsi and Unami) spoken by this people.


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Of or relating to the Delaware or their languages.
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  • 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.


named after the Delaware River (see Delaware1).

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