Definition of Peoria in English:

Peoria

proper noun

  • 1A river port and industrial city in central Illinois, on the Illinois River; population 114,114 (est. 2008). It developed around a fort built by the French in 1680.

  • 2A city in southwest central Arizona, a northwestern suburb of Phoenix; population 157,960 (est. 2008)

Origin

Named after the American Indians who occupied the area (in sense 1) when the French arrived.

Pronunciation:

Peoria

/pēˈôrēə/