Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

I·o·wa 1

n. pl. Iowa or I·o·was
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting parts of Iowa and southwest Minnesota, with present-day populations in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
2. The Siouan language of the Iowa.

[From French ayoés, ultimately from Dakota ayúxba.]

I′o·wa adj.

I·o·wa 2

 (ī′ə-wə) Abbr. IA or Ia.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 29th state in 1846. Part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Iowa was organized as a separate territory in 1838. The Mound Builders lived in the area in prehistoric times. Des Moines is the capital and the largest city.

I′o·wan adj.


(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Iowa
(Placename) of or relating to Iowa or its inhabitants
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Iowan - a native or resident of Iowa
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
As an Iowan, Matt understands first hand the impact ethanol can have on rural economies, and his experience with consumers will be helpful in educating the public about the benefits of ethanol as gasoline prices reach record levels across the country.
During World War II, Ronald, an Iowan, served with the 5th Army Air Force in Southeast Asia and Japan.
An Iowan, the boys' father pronounced Los Angeles ``no fit place to raise a family,'' and the four relocated near Des Moines.
We want to fill any gaps in assistance that may come up and we want to make sure not one Iowan in need falls through the cracks," said Fred Hubbell.
In 2010, these three judges who decided they knew better than the Iowa legislature and Iowan citizens will be up for a retention vote.
In 2012, however, Iowan voters are so desperate that they've become the beggars instead.
This reprint of the classic 1907 history of Iowan soldiers' participation in the Civil War was written by ten members of the Tama County Wolf Creek Rangers and documents their experiences in both camps and in combat.
Long Gone" is a personal memoir of Richard Willis, recollecting growing up on a small Iowan farm during the Great Depression and the oncoming threat of World War II.
Of special note is the extended section of place names associated with former Iowan counties, towns and post offices.
If and when Slipknot decide to hang up their boiler suits, Messrs Taylor and guitarist Jim Root - both members of the Iowan nine-piece - won't go hungry.
Although he was sitting in an Iowan farmhouse, Oscar suddenly saw the field grow dark and watery--and a small rowboat floated towards him.
That's what inspired Iowan Jim Sladek and a group of other soybean farmers to start their new company.