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[ahy-uh-wuh; sometimes ahy-uh-wey] /ˈaɪ ə wə; sometimes ˈaɪ əˌweɪ/
noun, plural Iowas (especially collectively) Iowa for 3.
a state in the central United States: a part of the Midwest. 56,290 sq. mi. (145,790 sq. km).
Capital: Des Moines.
Abbreviation: IA (approved esp. for use with zip code), Ia., Io.
a river flowing SE from N Iowa to the Mississippi River. 291 miles (470 km) long.
a member of an American Indian people originally of Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota but now of Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas.
the Siouan language spoken by the Iowa Indians. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Not long ago a city editor in Ottumwa, Iowa, was told over the telephone that a prominent citizen had just died suddenly.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • Five separate companies were started that summer from Iowa City.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Additional intergrades with noveboracensis are available from eastern Iowa.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • He intended to go on to Iowa without returning to the claim.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • In a little tent among the hundred others the Iowa veteran is telling his brother-in-law that his wife will be in camp by seven.

    Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
British Dictionary definitions for Iowa


a state of the N central US, in the Midwest: consists of rolling plains crossed by many rivers, with the Missouri forming the western border and the Mississippi the eastern. Capital: Des Moines. Pop: 2 944 062 (2003 est). Area: 144 887 sq km (55 941 sq miles) Abbreviation Ia., (with zip code) IA
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Iowa

organized as a U.S. territory 1838; admitted as a state 1846, ultimately from the name of the native people, of the Chiwere branch of the Aiouan family; said to be from Dakota ayuxba "sleepy ones."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Iowa in Culture

Iowa definition

State in the midwestern United States bordered by Minnesota to the north, Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, and Nebraska and South Dakota to the west. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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