I. noun (plural Illinois) Etymology: French, earlier Eriniouai, singular, probably from a word in an Algonquian language derived from Proto-Algonquian *elen- ordinary + *-we• make a sound Date: 1703 1. plural a confederacy of American Indian peoples of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin 2. a member of any of the Illinois peoples 3. the Algonquian language of the Illinois II. geographical name 1. river 273 miles (439 kilometers) Illinois flowing SW into Mississippi River 2. state central United States capital Springfield area 56,400 square miles (146,640 square kilometers), population 12,419,293 • Illinoisan adjective or noun

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  • Illinois — • One of the United States of America, bounded on the north by Wisconsin, on the west by the Mississippi, which separates it from Iowa and Missouri, on the south by the confluent waters of the Mississippi and the Ohio, which separate it from… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • ILLINOIS — ILLINOIS, Middle West state of the U.S.; general population 12,713,634 (est. 2004), Jewish population 280,000, all but 20,000 of whom lived in and around chicago . Early land development companies included Jewish partners resident in the East.… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Illinois — (spr. Illineus), 1) (I. River), Fluß in den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika, wird gebildet aus dem Des Plaines River (aus Wisconsin) u. dem Kankakee River (aus Indiana), welche sich bei Dresden in der Grafschaft Grundy im Staate Illinois… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Illinois — es un estado en los Estados Unidos llamado así por la tribu de indios Illiniwek, que vivía antes allí. La capital de Illinois es Springfield y la abreviatura postal para el estado es IL. * * * Río de E.U.A., en el estado homónimo. Se une al… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Illinois — état du centre des È. U.; 146 075 km2; 11 431 000 hab.; cap. Springfield; v. princ. Chicago. Plaine alluviale, au coeur du Corn Belt, l Illinois est essentiellement une région agric. (céréales) et d élevage. Les import. ressources minières ont… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Illinois — Illinois1 [il΄ə noi′; ] occas. [, il΄ənoiz′] n. [see ILLINOIS2 ] 1. pl. Illinois a member of a confederacy of North American Indian peoples that lived in N Illinois, S Wisconsin, and parts of Iowa and Missouri 2. the Algonquian language of this… …   English World dictionary

  • Illinois — (Illineus), seit 1818 Staat der nordamerikan. Union, liegt zwischen dem See Michigan, den Staaten Indiana, Kentucki, Missouri, Jowa und Wisconsin, wird vom Missisippi, Missouri, Ohio, Wabash und Illinois bewässert, ist 2615 QM. groß mit ungefähr… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Illinois — Il li*nois , n. sing. & pl. (Ethnol.) A tribe of North American Indians, which formerly occupied the region between the Wabash and Mississippi rivers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Illinois — (spr. neu oder neus). 1) Fluß im NW. der Ver. Staaten von Amerika, entsteht bei Dresden (südwestl. vom Michigansee) aus Des Plaines und Kankakee, von Peru aus durch den 150 km langen I. Michigan Kanal mit dem Michigansee verbunden, geht nach 800… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Illinois — U.S. territory created 1809; name is from a native Algonquian people who called themselves Inoca (1725), also written Ilinouek, Old Ottawa for ordinary speaker. The modern form represents a 17c. French spelling, pronounced ilinwe at that time.… …   Etymology dictionary

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