Main definitions of Delaware in English

: Delaware1Delaware2

Delaware1

proper noun

  • 1A river in the northeastern US that rises in the Catskill Mountains in New York and flows south for about 280 miles (450 km) to northern Delaware, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean at Delaware Bay. For much of its length it forms the eastern border of Pennsylvania.

  • 2A state in the eastern US, on the Atlantic coast;; population 873,092 (est. 2008); capital, Dover; statehood, Dec. 7, 1787 (1). One of the original thirteen states, it was the first to ratify the US Constitution.

Pronunciation:

Delaware

/ˈdeləwer/

Main definitions of Delaware in English

: Delaware1Delaware2

Delaware2

noun

  • 1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Delaware River valley of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

    • ‘An attack on an outlying settlement in January 1791 had prompted more than four years of conflict with the local Delawares and Wyandots.’
    • ‘This Indian Territory was where eastern Indian tribes such as the Kickapoos, Delawares, and Shawnees lived.’
    • ‘Among the tribes represented were Delawares, Iroquois, Wyandots, Miamis, Ottawas, Pottawattamies, Creeks, Sac and Fox, Choctaw.’
    • ‘Pontiac himself claimed to have waged war ‘solely on repeated invitations made me by the Delawares, Iroquois, and Shawnees.’’
    • ‘During the mid - eighteenth century, for example, the Mohawks considered their dependents, the Delawares, to be ‘women,’ while classing themselves as ‘men.’’
  • 2Either of two Algonquian languages (Munsi and Unami) spoken by this people.

    Munsi
    and → Unami

adjective

  • Relating to the Delaware or their languages.

    • ‘This Delaware parentage is supported by linguistic, cultural, and geographical evidence, as well as many traditions among the Algonquians.’
    • ‘Its name comes from a Delaware Indian word meaning ‘on the great plain’ and its 253,500 sq. kilometres range from Rocky snow peaks to hot springs to truly great plains.’
    • ‘Wyoming is a word derived from a Delaware word which meant ‘extensive flats’ or ‘great bottom lands’.’
    • ‘During his very active life Zeisberger managed to publish several works in the Delaware tongue.’

Origin

Named after the Delaware River (see Delaware).

Pronunciation:

Delaware

/ˈdeləwer/