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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A state of the United States in the central Pacific Ocean including all of the Hawaiian Islands except Midway. It became a US territory in 1900 and was admitted as the 50th state in 1959. The islands were conquered and united by King Kamehameha I between 1795–1810, and the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, was deposed in 1893. Honolulu, on Oahu, is the capital and the largest city.
  • The largest and southernmost of the Hawaiian Islands. It is the top of an enormous submarine mountain and has several volcanic peaks.

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  • proper noun 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 noun 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 noun 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.

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

Etymologies

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

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