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Louisiana

[loo-ee-zee-an-uh, loo-uh-zee-, loo-ee-] /luˌi ziˈæn ə, ˌlu ə zi-, ˌlu i-/
noun
1.
a state in the S United States. 48,522 sq. mi. (125,672 sq. km).
Capital: Baton Rouge.
Abbreviation: LA (for use with zip code), La.
Related forms
Louisianan, Louisianian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Louisiana

Louisiana

/luːˌiːzɪˈænə/
noun
1.
a state of the southern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: originally a French colony; bought by the US in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase; chiefly low-lying. Capital: Baton Rouge. Pop: 4 496 334 (2003 est). Area: 116 368 sq km (44 930 sq miles) Abbreviation La, (with zip code) LA
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Word Origin and History for Louisiana

named 1682 by French explorer la Salle for Louis XIV of France. The name originally applied to the entire Mississippi basin.

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Louisiana definition


State in the southeastern United States bordered by Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Texas to the west. Its capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans.

Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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