Wisconsin

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English[edit]

Map highlighting Wisconsin

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French Ouisconsin, itself borrowed from an uncertain Native American language. Theories include:

  • Miami meeskohsinki or Algonquin meskousing, both meaning "it lies red", the name given to the Wisconsin River by one of the Algonquian-speaking American Indian groups living in the region at the time of European contact. "Meskousing" is known from maps drawn by the French from the 1670s onwards, it is believed subsequent transcribers mistook the stylized cursive "M" for "OU".
  • Menominee wēskōhsek (a good place), from Wēskōhsek Sēpēw ("the river where it is good to live")[1]
  • An Ojibwe term, suggestions include miskwasiniig (red stones), referring to the red sandstone of the dells of the Wisconsin River; and wiishihkaanhs (little lodge), referring to the dwellings of the abundant beavers and muskrats.

A researcher for the State of Wisconsin Historical Society concluded in frustration, "I have not found two Indians to agree on the meaning of this word."[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US)
    • (weak vowel merger)
      • IPA(key): /wəˈskɑnsən/, [wəˈskɑn.sn̩]
      • IPA(key): /wəsˈkɑnsən/, [wəsˈkʰɑn.sn̩]
      • (with added n) (informal) IPA(key): /wɪnˈskɑnsən/
    • (without weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /wɪsˈkɑnsɪn/
  • (file)

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin

  1. A state in the Upper Midwest region of the United States.
  2. A river in the United States that flows from northern Wisconsin into the Mississippi.
  3. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Derived terms[edit]

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See also[edit]

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Danish[edit]

Danish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia da

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Wisconsin.

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin (genitive Wisconsins)

  1. Wisconsin (a state of the United States)

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Wisconsin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈwiskonsin/, [ˈwis̠ko̞ns̠in]

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin

  1. Wisconsin (a state of the United States)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of Wisconsin (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative Wisconsin
genitive Wisconsinin
partitive Wisconsinia
illative Wisconsiniin
singular plural
nominative Wisconsin
accusative nom. Wisconsin
gen. Wisconsinin
genitive Wisconsinin
partitive Wisconsinia
inessive Wisconsinissa
elative Wisconsinista
illative Wisconsiniin
adessive Wisconsinilla
ablative Wisconsinilta
allative Wisconsinille
essive Wisconsinina
translative Wisconsiniksi
instructive
abessive Wisconsinitta
comitative
Possessive forms of Wisconsin (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person Wisconsinini Wisconsinimme
2nd person Wisconsinisi Wisconsininne
3rd person Wisconsininsa

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Winsconsin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin n (proper noun, genitive Wisconsins or (optionally with an article) Wisconsin)

  1. Wisconsin (a state of the United States)

Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia it

Etymology[edit]

From English Wisconsin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /wiˈskɔn.sin/
  • Rhymes: -ɔnsin
  • Hyphenation: Wi‧scòn‧sin

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin m

  1. Wisconsin (a state of the United States)

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Wisconsin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /wisˈkɔn.sin/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔnsin
  • Syllabification: Wis‧con‧sin

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin n (indeclinable)

  1. Wisconsin (a state of the United States)
  2. Wisconsin (a river in the United States)

Further reading[edit]

  • Wisconsin in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • Wisconsin in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English Wisconsin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin m

  1. Wisconsin (a state of the United States)
  2. Wisconsin (a river in the United States)

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /wisˈkonsin/, [wisˈkõn.sĩn]

Proper noun[edit]

Wisconsin m

  1. Wisconsin (a state of the United States)

Related terms[edit]

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