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[mon-tan-uh] /mɒnˈtæn ə/
Joseph, Jr ("Joe") born 1956, U.S. football player.
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.
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Montanan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • The nests that have been found in the mountains of Colorado and Montana were partly hanging, and very large for such a tiny bird.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • You're—you claim to be the Captain Mayo who smashed the Montana?

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • It's in Montana, and you know a corner of the Park is in that State.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • He declared that he knew nothing about the trouble in the Montana case.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • In Montana, outside of Glacier Park it is useless to apply for wild grizzlies.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for Montana


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


Joe. born 1958, American football quarterback
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Word Origin and History for 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 in Culture

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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