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

  • A state of the United States in the central Pacific Ocean comprising the Hawaiian Islands. The islands became a U.S. territory in 1900, which was admitted as the 50th state in 1959. Honolulu, on Oahu, is the capital and the largest city. Population: 1,280,000.

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  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. The capital is Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. It is the fiftieth state to join the United States. The nickname is the Aloha State. It is located from 19° to 23° N latitude, with the eight main islands from 155° to 162° W longitude and including many smaller islands extending westward.
  • proper n. A chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean between North America and Oceania. Also called the Hawaiian Islands and formerly the Sandwich Islands. The larger islands are:
  • proper n. The proper name of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, also called the Big Island. The Big Island lies southeast of the other islands.

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

  • n. a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands
  • n. the largest and southernmost of the Hawaii islands; has several volcanic peaks
  • n. a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands

Etymologies

From Hawaiian Hawaiʻi, from Proto-Polynesian *Sawaiki (“traditional homeland”). (Wiktionary)

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