Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Florida: Tampa


 (flôr′ĭ-də, flŏr′-) Abbr. FL or Fla.
A state of the southeast United States bordering on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. It was admitted as the 27th state in 1845. The peninsula was explored by Juan Ponce de León in 1513 and became the center of a Spanish settlement that included the southeast part of the present-day United States. Spain finally ceded the area in 1819. Tallahassee is the capital.

Flo·rid′i·an (flə-rĭd′ē-ən), Flor′i·dan (-ĭd-n) adj.


1. (Placename) a state of the southeastern US, between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico: consists mostly of a low-lying peninsula ending in the Florida Keys a chain of small islands off the coast of S Florida, extending southwest for over 160 km (100 miles). Capital: Tallahassee. Pop: 17 019 068 (2003 est). Area: 143 900 sq km (55 560 sq miles). Abbreviation: Fla. or FL (with zip code)
2. (Placename) Straits of Florida a sea passage between the Florida Keys and Cuba, linking the Atlantic with the Gulf of Mexico


(ˈflɔr ɪ də, ˈflɒr-)

a state in the SE United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. 15,982,378; 58,560 sq. mi. (151,670 sq. km). Cap.: Tallahassee. Abbr.: FL, Fla.
Flo•rid•i•an (fləˈrɪd i ən) Flor′i•dan, adj. n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Florida - a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of MexicoFlorida - a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Caloosahatchee Canal - a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
Biscayne National Park - a national park in Florida having underwater coral reefs and marine life
Everglades National Park - a national park in Florida containing an immense subtropical wilderness with mangrove swamps and rare birds and wild animals
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Gulf States - a region of the United States comprising states bordering the Gulf of Mexico; Alabama and Florida and Louisiana and Mississippi and Texas
Confederacy, Confederate States, Confederate States of America, Dixie, Dixieland, South - the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
Daytona Beach - a resort town in northeast Florida on the Atlantic coast; hard white beaches have been used for automobile speed trials
Fort Lauderdale - a city in southeast Florida on the Atlantic coast to the north of Miami; a favorite place for college students to go on their spring vacations
Fort Myers - a town in southwest Florida
Gainesville - a university town in north central Florida
Jacksonville - Florida's largest city; a port and important commercial center in northeastern Florida
Key West - a town on the westernmost of the Florida keys in the Gulf of Mexico
Melbourne - a resort town in east central Florida
Miami - a city and resort in southeastern Florida on Biscayne Bay; the best known city in Florida; a haven for retirees and a refuge for Cubans fleeing Castro
Miami Beach - a city in southeastern Florida on an island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; known for fashionable resort hotels
Orlando - a city in central Florida; site of Walt Disney World
Palm Beach - a resort town in southeast Florida on an island on the Atlantic coast
Panama City - a resort and fishing town on the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida
Pensacola - a town in extreme northwest Florida
Sarasota - a town in west central Florida on the Gulf of Mexico
Saint Augustine, St. Augustine - a resort city in northeastern Florida; the oldest city in the United States
Saint Petersburg, St. Petersburg - a city in western Florida on Tampa Bay; a popular winter resort
capital of Florida, Tallahassee - capital of the state of Florida; located in northern Florida
Tampa - a resort city in western Florida; located on Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico
West Palm Beach - a town in southeast Florida on the mainland opposite Palm Beach; founded as a commercial center for Palm Beach
Apalachicola, Apalachicola River - a river in northwestern Florida formed by the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and the Flint River at the Florida border
Biscayne Bay - a narrow bay formed by an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Florida
Caloosahatchee, Caloosahatchee River - a river in southern Florida that flows westerly to the Gulf of Mexico; forms the western end of the Cross-Florida Waterway
Cape Canaveral, Cape Kennedy - a sandy promontory (formerly Cape Kennedy) extending into the Atlantic Ocean from a barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida; the site of a NASA center for spaceflight
Everglades - a large subtropical swamp in southern Florida that is noted for its wildlife
cay, Florida key, key - a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
Kissimmee, Kissimmee River - a river of central Florida that flows southward to Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee, Okeechobee - a lake in southeast Florida to the north of the Everglades
Okefenokee Swamp - a large swampy area of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia
Saint Johns, Saint Johns River, St. Johns, St. Johns River - a river in northeastern Florida that flows northward to Jacksonville and then eastward to empty into the Atlantic Ocean
Tampa Bay - an arm of the Gulf of Mexico in west central Florida


[ˈflɒrɪdə] NFlorida f
References in classic literature ?
My man worked in the orange groves in Florida, and he knows all about grafting.
Lovers, day by, day--hour by hour, if so often moved to do it,--might send their heart-throbs from Maine to Florida, with some such words as these `I love you forever
The president of the Florida Flying Machine Company is in jail for bigamy.
However, the Nautilus, turning, went round the submerged vessel, and in one instant I read on the stern--"The Florida, Sunderland.
Sometimes I thought I was sure 'nough from Ohier, an' other times I could 'a swore I was from th' bitter end of Florida.
The handbills of the selectmen would cause the commitment of all the vagabonds in the State; the paragraph in the Parker's Falls Gazette would be reprinted from Maine to Florida, and perhaps form an item in the London newspapers; and many a miser would tremble for his money bags and life, on learning the catastrophe of Mr.
Florida, Adirondacks, Lakewood, Hot Springs, New York, and round again.
My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and became a planter in Florida, where he was reported to have done very well.
Once I happened to speak of an engineering job I had been on the previous year in Florida, and of the contrast between the winter landscape about us and that in which I had found myself the year before; and to my surprise Frome said suddenly: "Yes: I was down there once, and for a good while afterward I could call up the sight of it in winter.
Originally, it had been intended that May's engagement should not be announced till her return from Florida, and the fact that it had been made known sooner could not be expected to alter Mr.
THERE are days which occur in this climate, at almost any season of the year, wherein the world reaches its perfection; when the air, the heavenly bodies and the earth, make a harmony, as if nature would indulge her offspring; when, in these bleak upper sides of the planet, nothing is to desire that we have heard of the happiest latitudes, and we bask in the shining hours of Florida and Cuba; when everything that has life gives sign of satisfaction, and the cattle that lie on the ground seem to have great and tranquil thoughts.
No privateers ever came, though I once had notice from Turin that the Florida had been sighted off Ancona; and I had nearly four years of nearly uninterrupted leisure at Venice, which I meant to employ in reading all Italian literature, and writing a history of the republic.

Full browser ?