What does California mean?

Definitions for California
ˌkæl əˈfɔrn yə, -ˈfɔr ni əCal·i·for·ni·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. California, Golden State, CA, Calif.noun

    a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

Wiktionary

  1. Californianoun

    A western coastal state of the United States of America. Capital: Sacramento.

    Etymology: Probably after California, a Utopian island of the Amazons described in Las Sergas de Esplandián, a 16th century Spanish novel.

Freebase

  1. California

    California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, home to 1 out of 8 Americans, and is the third largest state by area. It is home to the nation's second and fifth largest census statistical areas, and eight of the nation's 50 most populated cities. The capital city is Sacramento. California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, and Arizona to the southeast. California is also bordered by Baja California, a state of Mexico, to the south. California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada in the east – from the Redwood–Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States, and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states. Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. California

    the most south-westerly State in the American Union; occupies the Pacific seaboard between Oregon and Mexico, and is bounded landward by Nevada and Arizona. It is the second largest State, larger by a quarter than the United Kingdom. In the N. the rainfall is excessive, and winters severe; in the S. there is little rain, and a delightful climate. Wheat is the most important product; the grape and all manner of fruits grow luxuriantly. Mineral wealth is great: it is the foremost State for gold and quicksilver; lead, silver, copper, iron, sulphur, coal, and many other minerals abound. The industries include brandy and sugar manufactures, silk-growing, shipbuilding, and fishing. All products are exported, eastward by the great Central, Union, and Southern Pacific railroads; and seaward, the chief port being San Francisco, the largest city, as Sacramento is the capital of the State. The Yosemite Valley, in the Sierra Nevada, through which falls the Merced River, is the most wonderful gorge in the world. Captured from Mexico in 1847, the discovery of gold next year raised great excitement, and brought thousands of adventurers from all over the world. Constituted a State in 1850, the original lawlessness gradually gave way to regular administration, and progress has since been steady and rapid.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. california

    (from the Spanish Caliente Fornalla, “hot furnace,” in allusion to the climate). Was discovered by Cortez in 1537; others say Cabrillo in 1542; and visited by Sir Francis Drake, who named it New Albion in 1579. The Spaniards established missionary and military stations in California, 1698; it became subject to Mexico in 1823; became independent in 1836; occupied by the army of the United States in 1846; ceded to the United States, 1848; admitted into the Union as a sovereign State, 1850.

Etymology and Origins

  1. California

    Called by Cortez Caliente Fornalla, or “hot furnace,” on account of its climate.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'California' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4152

How to pronounce California?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of California in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of California in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of California in a Sentence

  1. Gavin Newsom:

    It's a remarkable turnaround, i made the point at the state of the state( address) a number of months ago : California is now coming back. California is going to come roaring back.

  2. Ted Cruz:

    If our elections began in large states, if they began in large states like California or New York or my home state of Texas, they would all be decided by slick Hollywood TV ads, it would just be whoever spends the most money.

  3. Commissioner Dave Jones:

    California employers should be able to trust that their insurance companies are doing business by the book and not exploiting them in the name of profit, unfiled rates and unfiled major policy terms are void as a matter of law.

  4. Alice Hoffman:

    I think of the'60s and'70s as my time period, it was when I began listening to Dylan and going to Greenwich Village and I lived for a while in Northern California. It was such a chaotic time, with so much violence. Our country was divided, and it was nearly impossible to talk to someone' on the other side.' At the same time, people were fighting for their rights, and they came together in an amazing way.

  5. Donald Trump:

    People are angry, they're angry at what's going on, they're angry at the border, they're angry at the crime, they're angry at people coming in and shooting Kate [Steinle] in the back in California, in San Francisco, they're angry when Jamiel Shaw was shot in the face by an illegal immigrant, they're angry when the woman, the veteran, 65 years old, is raped sodomized and killed by an illegal immigrant. And they're very angry about it and, by the way, thousands of other cases like that.

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