Definitions

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

  • n. A confederacy of Native American peoples formerly inhabiting southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and parts of eastern Iowa and Missouri, with present-day descendants mostly in Oklahoma.
  • n. A member of this confederacy.
  • n. The Algonquian language of the Illinois.
  • A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 21st state in 1818. The area was explored by the French in the late 1600s, ceded by France to the British in 1763, and ceded by them to the newly formed United States in 1783. Springfield is the capital and Chicago the largest city. Population: 12,900,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Springfield. Largest city: Chicago.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Miami-Illinois language.
  • n. Any of a tribe of Native Americans who formerly occupied the region between the Wabash and Mississippi rivers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tribe of North American Indians, which formerly occupied the region between the Wabash and Mississippi rivers.

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

  • n. a midwestern state in north-central United States
  • n. a member of the Algonquian people formerly of Illinois and regions to the west
  • n. the Algonquian language of the Illinois and Miami

Etymologies

French, of Algonquian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French adaptation of an Algonquian (perhaps Ojibwe) term ilenweewa, meaning "they speak normally." (Wiktionary)

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  • ROLAND BURRIS (D), ILLINOIS SENATE APPOINTEE: I am now the junior senator from the state of Illinois!

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  • ROLAND BURRIS, FORMER ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL: With all of the crises that we have in this state and in this nation, and Illinois is needing to have a full complement of representation, and that's what I'm seeking to do.

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