What does Alabama mean?

Definitions for Alabama
ˌæl əˈbæm əal·aba·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Alabama, Heart of Dixie, Camellia State, ALnoun

    a state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War

  2. Alabamanoun

    a member of the Muskhogean people formerly living in what is now the state of Alabama

    "the Alabamas were members of the Creek Confederacy"

  3. Alabama, Alabama Rivernoun

    a river in Alabama formed by the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers near Montgomery; flows southwestward to become a tributary of the Mobile River

  4. Alabamanoun

    the Muskhogean language of the Alabama


  1. Alabamanoun

    A state of the United States of America (postal abbreviation AL) in the south-eastern United States with its capital at Montgomery, and Birmingham as its largest city.

  2. Alabamanoun

    The , which runs through the state of Alabama.

  3. Alabamanoun

    A Native American tribe originally from central Alabama.

  4. Alabamanoun

    The language of the Alabama Nation.

  5. Etymology: From Albaamaha


  1. Alabama

    Alabama () is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States, bordered by Tennessee to the north; Georgia to the east; Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south; and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. With a total of 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.Alabama is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie" and the "Cotton State". The state tree is the longleaf pine, and the state flower is the camellia. Alabama's capital is Montgomery, and its largest city by population and area is Huntsville. Its oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists in 1702 as the capital of French Louisiana. Greater Birmingham is Alabama's largest metropolitan area and its economic center.Originally home to many native tribes, present-day Alabama was a Spanish territory beginning in the sixteenth century until the French acquired it in the early eighteenth century. The British won the territory in 1763 until losing it in the American Revolutionary War. Spain held Mobile as part of Spanish West Florida until 1813. In December 1819, Alabama was recognized as a state. During the antebellum period, Alabama was a major producer of cotton, and widely used African American slave labor. In 1861, the state seceded from the United States to become part of the Confederate States of America, with Montgomery acting as its first capital, and rejoined the Union in 1868. Following the American Civil War, Alabama would suffer decades of economic hardship, in part due to agriculture and a few cash crops being the main driver of the states economy. Similar to other former slave states, Alabamian legislators employed Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise and discriminate against African Americans from the late 19th century up until the 1960s. In the early 20th century, despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature through the mid-20th century. During this time, urban interests and African Americans were markedly under-represented. High-profile events such as the Selma to Montgomery march made the state a major focal point of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. During and after World War II, Alabama grew as the state's economy diversified with new industries. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville would help Alabama's economic growth in the mid-to-late 20th century, by developing an aerospace industry. Alabama's economy in the 21st century is based on automotive, finance, tourism, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.The state's geography is diverse, with the north dominated by the mountainous Tennessee Valley and the south by Mobile Bay, a historically significant port. Politically, as part of the Deep South, Alabama is predominantly a conservative state, and culturally is known for its Southern culture. Within Alabama, American football, particularly at the college level at schools such as the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Troy University, the University of South Alabama, and Jacksonville State University, play a major part of the state's culture.


  1. alabama

    Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. It became a state on December 14, 1819. Its capital is Montgomery, and the largest city is Birmingham. Alabama is often referred to as the "Heart of Dixie", and is known for its historical contributions to civil rights and the American Civil War.


  1. Alabama

    Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th-most extensive and the 23rd-most populous of the 50 United States. At 1,300 miles, Alabama has one of the longest navigable inland waterways in the nation. From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama, like many Southern states, suffered economic hardship, in part because of continued dependence on agriculture. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature until the 1960s, while urban interests and African Americans were under-represented. Following World War II, Alabama experienced growth as the economy of the state transitioned from one primarily based on agriculture to one with diversified interests. The establishment or expansion of multiple United States Armed Forces installations added to the state economy and helped bridge the gap between an agricultural and industrial economy during the mid-20th century. The state economy in the 21st century is dependent on management, automotive, finance, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. alabama

    One of the Southern States of the American confederacy, is bounded on the north by Tennessee, east by Georgia, south by Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, and west by Mississippi. The celebrated exploring expedition of De Soto in 1541 is believed to have been the first visit of the white man to the wilds of Alabama. In the beginning of the 18th century the French built a fort on Mobile Bay, but the city of that name was not commenced till nine years later (1711). In 1763, the entire French possessions east of the Mississippi (except New Orleans) fell into the hands of the English. Alabama was incorporated first with Georgia, afterwards, in 1802, with the Mississippi Territory; but finally, in 1819, it became an independent member of the great American confederacy. In 1813 and 1814 the Creek Indians waged war on the settlers and massacred nearly 400 whites who had taken refuge at Fort Mimms, on the Alabama River. They were, however, soon reduced to subjection by Gen. Jackson, and after their defeat at Horseshoe Bend, March, 1814, the greater portion of their territory was taken from them, and they were subsequently removed to the Indian Territory. On the outbreak of the civil war in 1861, the temporary capital of the Confederate States was established at Montgomery, Ala., but it was soon afterwards removed to Richmond, Va.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Alabama

    Indian for “here we rest.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alabama in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alabama in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Alabama in a Sentence

  1. Steve Wiltfong:

    Alabama’s finished No. 1 nine of the last 11 years, texas AM has really come on here. Georgia’s got a great class. Those three are kind of duking it out.

  2. Matt Corral:

    I think last year we were more worried about playing Alabama than we were this year, we’re not worried about who we’re playing, we’re worried about how we handle each practice individual.

  3. John Cornyn:

    I think things are looking up. But obviously each state's a little different and obviously Colorado and North Carolina and Maine and Arizona are at the top of our list, but we also see opportunities to pick up seats in Alabama, maybe Michigan and maybe there will be another surprise in there.

  4. Joe Bidens:

    I didn't consult with anybody but me in that decision because I was sitting on the way down finalizing the plan, and what hit me was we're in a situation where when the assault was going on in Georgia, what's going on in Alabama, Missouri, it's just outrageous, and, look, I made a commitment that I would not ever attempt to impose my religious views on anyone else in terms of how it relates to this most unique question in all of humanity : When does the human life begin ? When does that occur ?

  5. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley:

    The national pressure from Alabama and other states led Planned Parenthood on Monday to change Planned Parenthood on Monday practices.

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