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Mis·sou·ri 1

n. pl. Missouri or Mis·sou·ris
1. A member of the Native American people formerly inhabiting north-central Missouri, with a present-day population living with the Oto in north-central Oklahoma.
2. The Siouan language of the Missouri.

[French, from Illinois ouemessourita, those that have dugout canoes.]

Mis·sou·ri 2

 (mĭ-zo͝or′ē, -zo͝or′ə)
Abbr. MO or Mo.
A state of the central United States. It was admitted as the 24th state in 1821. Under Spanish control from 1762 to 1800, the area passed to the United States through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Organized as a territory in 1812, Missouri's application for admission as a slaveholding state in 1817 sparked a bitter controversy over the question of extending slavery into new territories. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 provided for the admission of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state in the following year. Jefferson City is the capital and St. Louis the largest city.

Mis·sou′ri·an adj. & n.


1. (Placename) a state of the central US: consists of rolling prairies in the north, the Ozark Mountains in the south, and part of the Mississippi flood plain in the southeast, with the Mississippi forming the E border; chief US producer of lead and barytes. Capital: Jefferson City. Pop: 5 704 484 (2003 est). Area: 178 699 sq km (68 995 sq miles). Abbreviation: Mo or MO (with zip code)
2. (Placename) a river in the W and central US, rising in SW Montana: flows north, east, and southeast to join the Mississippi above St Louis; the longest river in North America; chief tributary of the Mississippi. Length: 3970 km (2466 miles)


(mɪˈzʊər i, -ˈzʊər ə)

1. a state in the central United States. 5,595,211; 69,674 sq. mi. (180,455 sq. km). Cap.: Jefferson City. Abbr.: MO, Mo.
2. a river flowing from SW Montana into the Mississippi N of St. Louis, Mo. 2723 mi. (4382 km) long.
Mis•sour′i•an, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Missouri - a midwestern state in central United StatesMissouri - a midwestern state in central United States; a border state during the American Civil War, Missouri was admitted to the Confederacy without actually seceding from the Union
middle west, Midwest, midwestern United States - the north central region of the United States (sometimes called the heartland or the breadbasket of America)
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
Confederacy, Confederate States, Confederate States of America, Dixie, Dixieland, South - the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
Cape Girardeau - a town in southeast Missouri
Columbia - a university town in central Missouri
Hannibal - a town in northeast Missouri on the Mississippi River; boyhood home of Mark Twain
Independence - a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail
capital of Missouri, Jefferson City - capital of the state of Missouri; located in central Missouri on the Missouri river
Kansas City - a city in western Missouri situated at the confluence of the Kansas River and the Missouri River; adjacent to Kansas City, Kansas
Poplar Bluff - a town in southeast Missouri
St. Joseph, Saint Joseph - a town in northwest Missouri on the Missouri River; in the 19th century it became the eastern terminus of the pony express
Gateway to the West, St. Louis, Saint Louis - the largest city in Missouri; a busy river port on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Missouri River; was an important staging area for wagon trains westward in the 19th century
Sedalia - a town in east central Missouri
Springfield - a city of southwestern Missouri
Osage River, Osage - a river in Missouri that is a tributary of the Missouri River
Saint Francis River, St. Francis River, Saint Francis, St. Francis - a tributary of the Mississippi River that rises in Missouri and flows southeastward through Arkansas
White River, White - a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri
2.Missouri - the longest river in the United StatesMissouri - the longest river in the United States; arises in Montana and flows southeastward to become a tributary of the Mississippi at Saint Louis; "The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers together form the third longest river in the world"
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
3.Missouri - a member of the Siouan people formerly inhabiting the valley of the Missouri river in Missouri
Siouan, Sioux - a member of a group of North American Indian peoples who spoke a Siouan language and who ranged from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains
4.Missouri - a dialect of the Chiwere language spoken by the Missouri
Chiwere - the Siouan language spoken by the Iowa and Oto and Missouri


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n (= state)Missouri nt
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