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[uh-las-kuh] /əˈlæs kə/
a state of the United States in NW North America. 586,400 sq. mi. (1,519,000 sq. km).
Capital: Juneau.
Abbreviation: AK (for use with zip code), Alas.
Gulf of, a gulf of the Pacific, on the coast of S Alaska.
Related forms
Alaskan, adjective, noun
pro-Alaskan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • One can see how easy it will be for a lessee to make money in coal in Alaska.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • But so far as I was concerned, he might as well have been in Alaska.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • In the statements of the gold supply of the United States the territory of Alaska is included.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • Callers were unusual at that time of the day, but all callers were welcome enough in Alaska.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • They were poor, too; everybody does not get rich in the gold diggings, even in Alaska.

    Through the Yukon Gold Diggings Josiah Edward Spurr
British Dictionary definitions for Alaska


the largest state of the US, in the extreme northwest of North America: the aboriginal inhabitants are Inuit and Yupik; the earliest White settlements were made by the Russians; it was purchased by the US from Russia in 1867. It is mostly mountainous and volcanic, rising over 6000 m (20 000 ft), with the Yukon basin in the central region; large areas are covered by tundra; it has important mineral resources (chiefly coal, oil, and natural gas). Capital: Juneau. Pop: 648 818 (2003 est). Area: 1 530 694 sq km (591 004 sq miles) Abbreviation Alas, (with zip code) AK
Gulf of Alaska, the N part of the Pacific, between the Alaska Peninsula and the Alexander Archipelago
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Word Origin and History for Alaska

name first applied 18c. by Russian explorers, from Aleut alaxsxaq, literally "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed" [Bright]. Baked Alaska attested by 1896, so called either for its whiteness or from being cold inside.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Alaska in Culture

Alaska definition

State in northwesternmost North America bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north; Yukon, Canada, to the east; the Pacific Ocean to the south; and the Bering Sea to the west. Its capital is Juneau, and its largest city is Anchorage.

Note: The forty-ninth state, admitted in 1959, and the largest.
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