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 (mĭn′ĭ-sō′tə) Abbr. MN or Minn.
A state of the northern United States bordering on Lake Superior and on Manitoba and Ontario, Canada. It was admitted as the 32nd state in 1858. Explored by the French in the mid-1600s, the area became part of the United States through the Treaty of Paris (1783) and the Louisiana Purchase (1803). St. Paul is the capital and Minneapolis the largest city.

Min′ne·so′tan adj. & n.
Word History: Minnesotans may tell you that Minnesota in Lakota means "10,000 lakes," and they may attempt to prove it by pointing to the motto on their license plates. Minnesota in Lakota actually means "cloudy water," an accurate description of the Minnesota River. Another popular etymology of a similar-sounding Indian name has Minnehaha meaning "laughing waters." It doesn't; it means "waterfalls." The misinterpretation began around 1849 when European settlers, not unreasonably, assumed that the -haha was an imitation of laughter just as in English, and hence that minnehaha meant "laughing waters." The folk etymology caught on and wound up in 1855 as the name of the heroine in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha.


(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Minnesota
(Placename) of or relating to Minnesota or its inhabitants
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Noun1.Minnesotan - a native or resident of MinnesotaMinnesotan - a native or resident of Minnesota  
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
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With over one hundred poems from a vast variety of Minnesotan women poets from a span of nearly 200 years, "To Sing Along The Way: Minnesotan Women Poets From Pre-Territorial Days to the Present" is highly recommended to poetry lovers everywhere and may have a place on any women's studies shelf as well.
Because of the nonappeal, it's over," said Samuelson, who added that although the law had been used as "a blunt club of discrimination against gay men and lesbians," the victory is for every Minnesotan.
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But though the Coens' movies suggest intense, driven creators with feverish, precise visions, in person the brothers seem remarkably modest and casual - almost, well, Minnesotan.
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