Definition of Mississippi in English:


proper noun

  • 1A major river of North America, which rises in Minnesota near the Canadian border and flows south to a delta on the Gulf of Mexico. With its chief tributary, the Missouri, it is 5,970 km (3,710 miles) long.

  • 2A state of the southern US, on the Gulf of Mexico, bounded to the west by the lower Mississippi River; population 2,938,618 (est. 2008); capital, Jackson. A French colony in the first half of the 18th century, it was ceded to Britain in 1763 and to the US in 1783, becoming the 20th state in 1817.