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Del·a·ware 1

n. pl. Delaware or Del·a·wares
1. A member of a group of closely related Native American peoples formerly inhabiting the Delaware and Hudson river valleys and the area between, with present-day populations in Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Ontario. The Delaware formed a variety of political alliances in their westward migration after losing their lands to white settlement in the 1600s and 1700s. Also called Lenape, Lenni Lenape.
2. Either of two closely related Algonquian languages, Munsee and Unami, historically spoken by this people.

[After the Delaware River.]

Del′a·war′e·an adj.

Del·a·ware 2

 (dĕl′ə-wâr′) Abbr. DE or Del.
A state of the eastern United States on the Atlantic Ocean. One of the original Thirteen Colonies, it was settled by the Dutch in 1631 and by Swedes in 1638, passing to England in 1664. It was part of William Penn's Pennsylvania grant from 1682 until 1776. In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Dover is the capital and Wilmington the largest city.

Del·a·ware 3

A variety of grape having sweet, light red fruit.

[After Delaware2.]
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npl -wares or -ware
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people formerly living near the Delaware River
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family


1. (Placename) a state of the northeastern US, on the Delmarva Peninsula: mostly flat and low-lying, with hills in the extreme north and cypress swamps in the extreme south. Capital: Dover. Pop: 817 491 (2003 est). Area: 5004 sq km (1932 sq miles). Abbreviation: Del. or DE (with zip code)
2. (Placename) a river in the northeastern US, rising in the Catskill Mountains and flowing south into Delaware Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic. Length 660 km (410 miles)


(Plants) an American variety of grape that has sweet light red fruit
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(ˈdɛl əˌwɛər)

n., pl. -wares, (esp. collectively) -ware for 5.
1. a state in the E United States, on the Atlantic coast. 783,600; 2057 sq. mi. (5330 sq. km). Cap.: Dover. Abbr.: DE, Del.
2. a river flowing S from SE New York, along the boundary between Pennsylvania and New Jersey into Delaware Bay. 296 mi. (475 km) long.
3. a member of any of a group of American Indian peoples formerly of the drainage basin of the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River, and the intervening area.
4. the Eastern Algonquian language of any of the Delaware peoples.
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Noun1.Delaware - a river that rises in the Catskills in southeastern New York and flows southward along the border of Pennsylvania with New York and New Jersey to northern Delaware where it empties into Delaware BayDelaware - a river that rises in the Catskills in southeastern New York and flows southward along the border of Pennsylvania with New York and New Jersey to northern Delaware where it empties into Delaware Bay
DE, Diamond State, First State, Delaware - a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
Empire State, New York State, NY, New York - a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
2.Delaware - a member of an Algonquian people formerly living in New Jersey and New York and parts of Delaware and Pennsylvania
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
3.Delaware - one of the British colonies that formed the United States
4.Delaware - a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
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
Mid-Atlantic states - a region of the eastern United States comprising New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Delaware and Maryland
capital of Delaware, Dover - the capital of the state of Delaware
Wilmington - the largest city in Delaware
Delaware, Delaware River - a river that rises in the Catskills in southeastern New York and flows southward along the border of Pennsylvania with New York and New Jersey to northern Delaware where it empties into Delaware Bay
Delaware Bay - an inlet of the North Atlantic; fed by the Delaware River
5.Delaware - the Algonquian language spoken by the Delaware
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
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References in classic literature ?
If you mistrust what I am telling you, you can ask Chingachgook there, for I did it in the heart of the Delaware country, and the old man is knowing to the truth of every word I say.”
The slight person of Miss Grant, which followed next, and which was but too thinly clad for the severity of the season, formed a marked contrast to thc wild attire and uneasy glances of the Delaware chief; and more than once during their walk, the young hunter, himself no insignificant figure in the group, was led to consider the difference in the human form, as the face of Mohegan and the gentle countenance of Miss Grant, with eyes that rivalled the soft hue of the sky, met his view at the instant that each turned to throw a glance at the splendid orb which lighted their path.
The white man may do as his fathers have told him; but the ‘Young Eagle’ has the blood of a Delaware chief in his veins; it is red, and the stain it makes can only be washed out with the blood of a Mingo.”
“I trust, my young friend,” he said, “that the education you have received has eradicated most of those revengeful principles which you may have inherited by descent, for I understand from the expressions of John that you have some of the blood of the Delaware tribe.
The conference ended, Fontenelle sent a Delaware Indian of his party to conduct fifteen of the Blackfeet to the camp of Captain Bonneville.
Having strengthened his party with such valuable recruits, he felt in some measure consoled for the loss of the Delaware Indians, decoyed from him by Mr Fontenelle.
No, give me a Delaware or a Mohican for honesty; and when they will fight, which they won't all do, having suffered their cunning enemies, the Maquas, to make them women--but when they will fight at all, look to a Delaware, or a Mohican, for a warrior!"
They spoke together earnestly in the Delaware language, though in an undertone; and by the gestures of the white man, which were frequently directed towards the top of the sapling, it was evident he pointed out the situation of their hidden enemy.
The President is to continue in office for the period of four years; as in New York and Delaware, the chief magistrate is elected for three years, and in South Carolina for two years.
A sixtieth part of the Union, which is about the proportion of Delaware and Rhode Island, has several times been able to oppose an entire bar to its operations.
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, and Maryland are a majority of the whole number of the States, but they do not contain one third of the people.
The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.