from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting parts of Iowa and southwest Minnesota, with present-day descendants in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Siouan language of the Iowa.
  • A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 29th state in 1846. Part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Iowa was organized as a separate territory in 1838. The Mound Builders lived in the area in prehistoric times. Des Moines is the capital and the largest city. Population: 2,990,000.

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  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Des Moines.
  • n. One of the Native Americans formerly occupying the region now included in the state of Iowa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Siouan people formerly living in Iowa and Minnesota and Missouri
  • n. a dialect of the Chiwere language spoken by the Iowa
  • n. a state in midwestern United States


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From French ayoés, ultimately from Dakota ayúxba.

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From French Aiouez, an initial translation of the name for the Iowa tribe.


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  • CHET CULVER (D), IOWA: Well, Wolf, it really -- it really breaks your heart, you know, to see the massive devastation and destruction to the State of Iowa that I love so much and to see so many people that have been hurt.

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  • TED SPORER, POLK COUNTY, IOWA, REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: If I were advising the Thompson campaign, I would say, you need to be in Iowa a lot more often than you have been, because while there was time to make up for the lost time, that time is now.

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  • CHUCK LAUDNER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IOWA REPUBLICAN PARTY: As the immigration issue plays out and candidates start to settle in -- into a position, you will see Iowa caucus-goers lining up behind them.

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  • GORDON FISCHER, FORMER IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHANGE: You can get around and campaign in Iowa fairly inexpensively. and, so, I don't know that money is all that important.

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