Definition of Mississippian in English:



  • 1Relating to the state of Mississippi.

  • 2Geology
    Relating to or denoting the early part of the Carboniferous period in North America from about 363 to 323 million years ago, following the Devonian and preceding the Pennsylvanian.

    • ‘The boundary between the Upper and Lower subdivisions in Europe is known to be below the boundary between the Pennsylvanian and the Mississippian subsystems in North America.’
    • ‘The first important evolutionary event was the development of wings, which must have taken place in the Early Carboniferous although currently no Mississippian insects are known.’
    • ‘More specifically, the western part of the county is composed mainly of Devonian and Mississippian sandstones and shales with some Silurian and Ordovician rocks present.’
    • ‘Kindle recognized two different fossil fauna assemblages in the limestone and the divided the limestone into two distinct lithologic units of Devonian and Mississippian age.’
    • ‘Compared with Pennsylvanian times, early Mississippian tropical wetland ecosystems are poorly understood.’
    1. 2.1Archaeology Relating to or denoting a settled culture of the southeastern US, dated to about AD 800–1300.
      • ‘He has conducted archaeological research in southern Illinois for almost 30 years, including work with Mississippian cultures of the region.’
      • ‘This volume on the Mississippian town and mound center called Bottle Creek is a must-read for scholars, researchers, and students of Mississippian culture.’
      • ‘The Cahokia flea started itching in my ear when I posted about the exhibit of Woodlands and Mississippian artifacts that is coming to Washington next month.’
      • ‘The size and complexity of Cahokia, and the influence of its ideology, must have created enormous changes in the smaller Mississippian communities of the southeastern cultural complex.’
      • ‘In terms of lithic technology, Mississippian culture retained the system of nonformalized tool production begun during the Late Woodland period.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Mississippi.

    • ‘Politically, white Mississippians disfranchised nearly all black voters in 1890.’
    • ‘Her scholarship resonated with me as I recalled my mom, a Mississippi native, describing Chinese Mississippians who had both a Southern drawl and an entrepreneurial history in her neck of the woods that was a century old.’
    • ‘The Atlanta Journal Constitution, one of the largest circulation newspapers in the South, reported last week that ‘some Mississippians were perplexed at hearing the decision.’’
    • ‘Organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Freedom Summer was a call to Northern white college students to join black Mississippians in the drive to register black voters in the South.’
    • ‘A Georgian or a Mississippian may admit to being merely a Southerner… but no Texan, given the opportunity, ever said otherwise than ‘I'm from Texas.’’
    • ‘The Deep South was Reagan country, and white Mississippians regarded Reagan as their native son.’
    • ‘A native Mississippian, he received his bachelor's degree in architecture from Auburn University in Alabama, in 1974.’
    • ‘In the end, as Martin Luther King Jr. prophesied, they liberated white Americans too, including white Mississippians, by removing this historic stain from our society.’
    • ‘Land surveyors used common names only, and many of these names lacked specificity or were used only by Mississippians at the time.’
    • ‘According to the census, Mississippi has the fourth-lowest median income in the US; the per capita income of black Mississippians is 51% that of their white counterparts.’
    • ‘Less than three years ago, Mississippians voted to keep the Confederate stars and bars on the state flag by a 2-to - 1 margin, and opinion polls suggest most Georgians are of a like mind.’
    • ‘I think that's how most Mississippians would respond to it.’
    • ‘In these early works, one can see how Mockbee, a fifth-generation Mississippian, first reconstituted forms and materials as elements for new solutions.’
    • ‘Native Mississippians working on the line were at first perplexed, then angry, as line-speeds increased and new jobs were filled by workers from Mexican town they had never heard of, like Oaxaca and Chiapas.’
    • ‘Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the issue is not about money, but that the settlement doesn't address admission standards or add programs that the Black institutions need to provide a quality education to all Mississippians.’
    • ‘It is important that the board take a stand even though the action ‘may not impact one single vote’ when Mississippians go to the polls April 17 to decide the flag issue, Ross says.’
    • ‘That meant that, country or city, black or white, northeast Mississippians were encouraged to see themselves as being in the same boat.’
    • ‘It does so by emphasizing that many gay Mississippians chose to remain in or return to this predominantly rural and small-town state, and by treating those who did with a minimum of pathos or nostalgia.’
    • ‘It was a line that Lott said he'd been working on for a while, and it produced loud applause from hundreds of Mississippians gathered at Founders' Square, the centerpiece of the historic fair.’
    • ‘By failing to acknowledge upfront that black New Orleanians - and perhaps black Mississippians - suffered more from Katrina than whites, the TV talkers may escape potential accusations that they're racist.’
  • 2the MississippianGeology
    The Mississippian period or the system of rocks deposited during it.

    1. 2.1Archaeology The Mississippian culture or period.