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[nuh-vad-uh, -vah-duh] /nəˈvæd ə, -ˈvɑ də/
a state in the W United States. 110,540 sq. mi. (286,300 sq. km).
Capital: Carson City.
Abbreviation: NV (for use with zip code), Nev.
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Nevadan, Nevadian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Being told that it was a Californian court, he said, Wall, thets all wrong: this heres Nevada.

    Greater Britain Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • I didn't give a care if every gambling house in Nevada went broke.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Nevada was called out, and with shouts, cries, and every manner of wild demonstration.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II James H. Mapleson
  • Those roaming or residing in the eastern part of Nevada number about 2,000.

    The Indian Question (1874) Francis A. Walker
  • Tom made a deal in stocks here, married and took his wife to Nevada.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for Nevada


a state of the western US: lies almost wholly within the Great Basin, a vast desert plateau; noted for production of gold and copper. Capital: Carson City. Pop: 2 241 154 (2003 est). Area: 284 612 sq km (109 889 sq miles) Abbreviation Nev., (with zip code) NV
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Word Origin and History for Nevada

U.S. state (organized as a territory 1861, admitted 1864), named for Sierra Nevada mountain range on its western boundary, literally "snowy mountains," from fem. of Spanish nevado "snowy" (see neve).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Nevada in Culture

Nevada definition

State in the western United States bordered by Oregon and Idaho to the north, Utah and Arizona to the east, and California to the south and west. Its capital is Carson City, and its largest city is Las Vegas.

Note: Long known as a center of gambling.
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