Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 48th state in 1912. Explored by the Spanish beginning in 1539, the area was acquired by the United States in 1848 through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Phoenix is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,340,000.

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  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. Postal code: AZ, capital: Phoenix.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. glossy snake
  • n. a state in southwestern United States; site of the Grand Canyon

Etymologies

Unclear. From either Basque artiz ona (good oak) or O'odham alĭ ṣonak (small spring). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • SCHUMER TO ARIZONA: HOLD OFF ON IMPLEMENTATION - Chuck Schumer sent Jan Brewer a letter requesting the Arizona Governor postpone implementation of her state's strict immigration law for one year.

    HUFFPOST HILL - MAY 6, 2010

  • JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: I'd like to pause that for a minute, because Senator Kyl and I represent the state of Arizona.

    CNN Transcript Nov 21, 2009

  • TOM LIDDY, DEPUTY COUNTY ATTORNEY, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA: Out here, I don't know what's going on in the prisons in Atlanta, but out here in Arizona and in New Mexico and in Texas and in California, we have a brutal prison gang called the Mexican Mafia.

    CNN Transcript Dec 14, 2009

  • I would SO go to arizona, but I am from Oregon and have never been to Arizona, so maybe ignore my advice :

    blog: Oregon or Arizona?

  • ANN SEIDEN, ARIZONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The sense here in Arizona is that for the most part, employers are experiencing fewer problems with e-verify than some had anticipated.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2008

  • KEVIN ROGERS, PRESIDENT, ARIZONA FARM BUREAU: In Arizona and California, in the areas of the country that are trying to harvest lettuce right now, trying to harvest broccoli, there's crops in the field that are not being harvested because there is no one here that wants to do the job.

    CNN Transcript Jan 13, 2007

  • KARA FINNSTROM, CNN CORRESPONDENT, CAVE CREEK, ARIZONA: I'm Kara Finnstrom in Arizona, where a rap artist is being investigated for possible cruelty to pit bulls.

    CNN Transcript Aug 25, 2007

  • JANET NAPOLITANO (D), ARIZONA: There is a four-state area, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico that truly are going to be up for grabs in the presidential election.

    CNN Transcript Nov 11, 2007

  • JIM WEIERS (R), ARIZONA HOUSE SPEAKER: No. Arizona is one of the -- in fact, it is the fastest growing state right now in the union.

    CNN Transcript Jul 13, 2007

  • KEVIN ROGERS, PRESIDENT, ARIZONA FARM BUREAU: In Arizona and California, in the areas of the country that are trying to harvest lettuce right now, trying to harvest broccoli right now, there are crops in the field that are not being harvested because there is no one here that wants to come out and do the job.

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2007

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