California

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English[edit]

Map of US highlighting California

Etymology[edit]

Probably Spanish after California, a Utopian island of the Amazons described in Las sergas de Esplandián, a 16th-century Spanish novel. The name comes from the fictional island's Muslim-allied queen, Calafia, whose name is a play on Arabic خَلِيفَة(ḵalīfa, caliph).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkæl.ɪˈfɔɹ.njə/, /ˌkæl.ɪˈfɔɹ.ni.ə/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)niə
  • Hyphenation: Cal‧i‧for‧nia

Proper noun[edit]

California

  1. The most populous state of the United States. Capital: Sacramento. Largest city: Los Angeles.
    Synonyms: CA (abbreviation), Cali (slang), Commiefornia (derogatory)
    • 1971, Joni Mitchell (lyrics and music), “California”, in Blue:
      But my heart cried out for you, California / Oh, California, I'm coming home
  2. Several places in the United States.
    1. A census-designated place in Maryland.
    2. A borough of Pennsylvania.
    3. A city in Missouri.
    4. A neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.
    5. A city in Campbell County, Kentucky.
    6. A neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.
    7. A village in Maine.
    8. A ghost town in West Virginia.
  3. Several places in England.
    1. A village in Berkshire.
    2. A neighbourhood of Birmingham, West Midlands (OS grid ref SP0182).
    3. An area in Derby, Derbyshire.
    4. A district of Ipswich, Suffolk.
    5. A hamlet in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
    6. A hamlet in Kensworth, Bedfordshire.
    7. A coastal resort in Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby, Norfolk.
  4. A community in Ontario, Canada.
  5. A town in Santander department, Colombia.
  6. A town in Usulután department, El Salvador.
  7. A neighborhood of Casablanca, Morocco.
  8. A village in Bohol, Philippines.
  9. A village in Stirlingshire, Scotland.
  10. A town in Trinidad and Tobago.
  11. University of California, Berkeley.

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Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

California (genitive Californias)

  1. Alternative form of Californien

Galician[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

California

  1. California (a state of the United States)

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English California.

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Proper noun[edit]

California f

  1. California (a state of the United States)

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Neo-Latin. From Spanish California

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Proper noun[edit]

California f sg (genitive Californiae); first declension

  1. (New Latin) California
    California regiō magna est.California is a big region.

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun, with locative, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative California
Genitive Californiae
Dative Californiae
Accusative Californiam
Ablative Californiā
Vocative California
Locative Californiae

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Romanian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

California f

  1. California (a state of the United States)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Mentioned in Montalvo's Las sergas de Esplandián as the name of Calafia's monarchy. A name invented by the author to remind Spanish readers of the recent Reconquista, probably related to califa (caliph).

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California f

  1. California (a state of the United States)

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References[edit]

  • Putnam, Ruth (1917). Herbert Ingram Priestley (ed.). California: the name. Berkeley: University of California.