Hawaii

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/həˈwaɪi/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hə wīē, -wä-, -wäyə, hä väē)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Ha•wai•i  (hə wīē, -wä-, -wäyə, hä väē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place Namesa state of the United States comprising the N Pacific islands of Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, and Oahu: a U.S. territory 1900–59;
    admitted to the Union 1959. 965,000;
    6424 sq. mi. (16,715 sq. km). Cap.: Honolulu. Abbr.: HI (for use with zip code), Haw.
  2. Place Namesthe largest island of Hawaii, in the SE part. 63,468;
    4021 sq. mi. (10,415 sq. km).

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Hawaii /həˈwaɪɪ/ n
  1. a state of the US in the central Pacific, consisting of over 20 volcanic islands and atolls, including Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and Molokai: discovered by Captain Cook in 1778; annexed by the US in 1898; naval base at Pearl Harbor attacked by the Japanese in 1941, a major cause of US entry into World War II; became a state in 1959. Capital: Honolulu. Pop: 1 257 608 (2003 est). Area: 16 640 sq km (6425 sq miles)
    Former name: Sandwich Islands
    Abbreviation: Ha, (with zip code) HI
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