noun, plural Delawares (especially collectively) Delaware for 5.
a state in the eastern United States, on the Atlantic coast. 2057 sq. mi. (5330 sq. km). Capital: Dover. Abbreviation: DE (for use with zip code), Del.
a city in central Ohio.
a river flowing S from SE New York, along the boundary between Pennsylvania and New Jersey into Delaware Bay. 296 miles (475 km) long.
a member of a grouping of North American Indian peoples, comprising the Munsee, Unami, and Unalachtigo, formerly occupying the drainage basin of the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River valley, and the intervening area.
the Eastern Algonquian language of any of the Delaware peoples.
a red vinifera grape grown for table use that yields a white wine.
the vine bearing this fruit. Unabridged
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Delaware1 (ˈdɛləˌwɛə)
n , -wares, -ware
1.  a member of a North American Indian people formerly living near the Delaware River
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

Delaware2 (ˈdɛləˌwɛə)
1.  Del., Abbreviation: DE a state of the northeastern US, on the Delmarva Peninsula: mostly flat and low-lying, with hills in the extreme north and cypress swamps in the extreme south. Capital: Dover. Pop: 817 491 (2003 est). Area: 5004 sq km (1932 sq miles)
2.  a river in the northeastern US, rising in the Catskill Mountains and flowing south into Delaware Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic. Length 660 km (410 miles)

Delaware3 (ˈdɛləˌwɛə)
an American variety of grape that has sweet light red fruit

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Word Origin & History

U.S. state, river, Indian tribe, named for the bay, which was named for Baron (commonly "Lord") De la Warr (Thomas West, 1577-1618), first Eng. colonial governor of Virginia. The family name is attested from 1201, from Delaware in Brasted, Kent, probably ult. from de la werre "of the war" (a warrior),
from O.Fr. werre/guerre "war."
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Delaware definition

State in the eastern United States bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Maryland to the west and south. Its capital is Dover, and its largest city is Wilmington.

Note: One of the thirteen colonies.
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