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Helena

[hel-uh-nuh; for 3 also huh-lee-nuh] /ˈhɛl ə nə; for 3 also həˈli nə/
noun
1.
Saint, c247–c330, mother of Constantine I.
2.
a city in and the capital of Montana, in the W part.
3.
a female given name, form of Helen.

Montana

[mon-tan-uh] /mɒnˈtæn ə/
noun
1.
Joseph, Jr ("Joe") born 1956, U.S. football player.
2.
a state in the NW United States. 147,138 sq. mi. (381,085 sq. km).
Capital: Helena.
Abbreviation: MT (for use with zip code), Mont.
Related forms
Montanan, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Helena

Helena1

/ˈhɛlənə/
noun
1.
a city in W Montana: the state capital. Pop: 26 718 (2003 est)

Helena2

/hɛlənə/
noun
1.
Saint. ?248–?328 ad, Roman empress, mother of Constantine I. After converting to Christianity (313) she made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (?326) where she supposedly discovered the cross on which Christ died. Feast day: May 21

Montana1

/mɒnˈtænə/
noun
1.
a state of the western US: consists of the Great Plains in the east and the Rocky Mountains in the west. Capital: Helena. Pop: 917 621 (2003 est). Area: 377 070 sq km (145 587 sq miles) Abbreviation Mont, (with zip code) MT

Montana2

/mɒnˈtænə/
noun
1.
Joe. born 1958, American football quarterback
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Word Origin and History for Helena

fem. proper name, Latin form of Helen.

Montana

U.S. state, from Latinized form of Spanish montaña "mountain," from Latin mont-, stem of mons (see mountain). Proposed 1864 by U.S. Rep. James H. Ashley of Ohio when it was created as a territory from Nebraska Territory, in reference to the Rocky Mountains, which however traverse only one end of it. Admitted as a state 1889. Related: Montanan.

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Montana definition


State in the northwestern United States, lying partly in the Rocky Mountains, bordered by British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Canada, to the north; North Dakota and South Dakota to the east; Wyoming to the south; and Idaho to the west. Its capital is Helena, and its largest city is Billings.

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