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Definitions for Oregon
ˈɔr ɪ gən, -ˌgɒn, ˈɒr-ore·gon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oregon, Beaver State, ORnoun

    a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific


  1. Oregonnoun

    A northwestern state of the United States of America. Capital: Salem.

  2. Etymology: Origin unknown; multiple theories persist. See Wikipedia article on Oregon toponym for more information.


  1. Oregon

    Oregon ( (listen)) is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is a part of the Western United States, with the Columbia River delineating much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The 42° north parallel delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada. The western boundary is formed by the Pacific Ocean. Oregon has been home to many indigenous nations for thousands of years. The first European traders, explorers, and settlers began exploring what is now Oregon's Pacific coast in the early to mid-16th century. As early as 1564, the Spanish began sending vessels northeast from the Philippines, riding the Kuroshio Current in a sweeping circular route across the northern part of the Pacific. In 1592, Juan de Fuca undertook detailed mapping and studies of ocean currents in the Pacific Northwest, including the Oregon coast as well as the strait now bearing his name. The Lewis and Clark Expedition traversed Oregon in the early 1800s, and the first permanent European settlements in Oregon were established by fur trappers and traders. In 1843, an autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country, and the Oregon Territory was created in 1848. Oregon became the 33rd state of the U.S. on February 14, 1859. Today, with 4 million people over 98,000 square miles (250,000 km2), Oregon is the ninth largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. The capital, Salem, is the second-most populous city in Oregon, with 169,798 residents. Portland, with 647,805, ranks as the 26th among U.S. cities. The Portland metropolitan area is the 25th largest metro area in the nation, with a population of 2,453,168. Oregon is also one of the most geographically diverse states in the U.S., marked by volcanoes, abundant bodies of water, dense evergreen and mixed forests, as well as high deserts and semi-arid shrublands. At 11,249 feet (3,429 m), Mount Hood, a stratovolcano, is the state's highest point. Oregon's only national park, Crater Lake National Park, comprises the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States. The state is also home to the single largest organism in the world, Armillaria ostoyae, a fungus that runs beneath 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) of the Malheur National Forest.Oregon's economy has historically been powered by various forms of agriculture, fishing, logging, and hydroelectric power. Oregon is the top lumber producer of the contiguous United States, with the lumber industry dominating the state's economy during the 20th century. Technology is another one of Oregon's major economic forces, beginning in the 1970s with the establishment of the Silicon Forest and the expansion of Tektronix and Intel. Sportswear company Nike, Inc., headquartered in Beaverton, is the state's largest public corporation with an annual revenue of $30.6 billion.


  1. oregon

    Oregon is a state located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Bordered by Washington to the north, Idaho to the east, Nevada and California to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, it is known for its diverse landscape of forests, mountains, farms and beaches. The state's largest city is Portland, known for its eclectic culture and thriving arts scene, and the capital is Salem. Oregon is also famous for its outdoor recreational activities, wine production, and environmental sustainability.


  1. Oregon

    Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located on the Pacific coast, with Washington to the north, California to the south, Nevada on the southeast and Idaho to the east. The Columbia and Snake rivers delineate much of Oregon's northern and eastern boundaries, respectively. The area was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before the arrival of traders, explorers, and settlers who formed an autonomous government in Oregon Country in 1843. The Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Oregon is the 9th most expansive and the 27th most populous of the 50 United States. Salem is the state's capital and third-most-populous city; Portland is the most populous. Portland is the 29th-largest U.S. city, with a population of 593,820 and a metro population of 2,262,605, the 23rd-largest U.S. metro area. The valley of the Willamette River in western Oregon is the state's most densely populated area and is home to eight of the ten most populous cities. Oregon contains a diverse landscape including the windswept Pacific coastline, the volcanoes of the rugged and glaciated Cascade Mountain Range, many waterfalls, dense evergreen forests, mixed forests and deciduous forests at lower elevations, and high desert across much of the eastern portion of the state, extending into the Great Basin. The tall Douglas firs and redwoods along the rainy Western Oregon coast contrast with the lower density and fire-prone pine tree and juniper forests covering portions of the eastern half of the state. Alder trees are common in the west and fix nitrogen for the conifers; aspen groves are common in eastern Oregon. Stretching east from Central Oregon, the state also includes semi-arid shrublands, prairies, deserts, steppes, and meadows. Mount Hood is the highest point in the state at 11,249 feet. Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in Oregon.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Oregon

    one of the United States, on the Pacific seaboard, with Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California on its inland borders, nearly twice the size of England, has the Coast Mountains along the W., the Cascade range parallel 60 m. E., and 70 farther E. the Blue Mountains. The centre and E. is hilly, and affords excellent grazing and dairy-farming ground; the western or Willamette Valley is arable, producing cereals, potatoes, tobacco, hops, and fruit. Between the Coast Mountains and the sea excessive rains fall. The State is rich in timber, coal, iron, gold, and silver; and the rivers (of which the Columbia on the N. border is the chief) abound in salmon. Owing to the mountain shelter and the Japanese ocean currents the climate is mild. The capital is Salem (4), the largest city Portland (46), both on the Willamette River. The State offers excellent educational facilities; it has 17 libraries, many schools and colleges, and the Blue Mountain University. The State (constituted in 1859) forms part of the territory long in dispute between Great Britain and the United States. It was occupied jointly from 1818 to 1846, when a compromise fixed the present boundary of British Columbia.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. oregon

    One of the Pacific States of the American Confederacy. Oregon was the name formerly given to the whole territory north of the Rocky Mountains, and was first claimed by the Spanish government, and next by the government of the United States, as far as lat. 54° 40′ N. This latter claim was resisted by the British government, which asserted a right to the entire territory, and in 1818 a treaty was made, and renewed in 1827, giving joint occupation to the disputed territory. In 1846 a treaty was concluded, by which the boundary was settled on the 49th parallel. Previous to this latter treaty (1839) emigration from the United States, for the purpose of settlement, commenced, and it continued steadily until the opening of the gold mines in California, which attracted a great many emigrants. In 1849 it formed a Territorial government, and in 1859 it was admitted into the Union as a State. This State has been troubled greatly by Indians, and has been the scene of several wars in earlier days, notably, in 1853, on Rogue River; in 1855, when a general outbreak took place, of which the following is a brief summary: In 1855 a war broke out between the whites and the Indians of Washington Territory. The head and front of the outbreak on the part of the Indians was Kam-ai-a-kin. He took this stand from a fixed principle: that of resisting all encroachments on the part of the whites. He had seen the fate of the Indian race in the Willamette Valley, and he determined to anticipate such a result with regard to his own people, and, if possible, to prevent it. When Gov. Stevens made his arbitrary treaties with him, and left him no discretion but to sell his land; and when the miners began to traverse his country, he concluded that the hour had arrived to fight, and he called to his aid as many of the adjoining tribes as he could persuade into it. The manner in which the treaties on Puget Sound were conducted created great dissatisfaction among the Indians, and they were quite ready to join Kam-ai-a-kin. The war commenced by the killing of miners, who were picked off in the Yakama country as they were going to Fort Colville, scarcely a month after the council which was held at Walla Walla. The killing of the agent Bolen set the war in a blaze. The small detachment of troops sent to chastise them was driven back. This success on the part of the Klickatats encouraged the Sound Indians, who also took up arms, and in the absence of troops, fell upon and killed the inhabitants of White River; but the wholesale slaughter of women and children by a party under the command of Major Lupton on October 8, 1855, drove the Indians to desperation and caused them to commence the war in earnest; hostilities continued until the summer of 1856. Also, in later years, the Modoc war (1872), the Nez Pérces (1877), and the Bannock war (1878).

Etymology and Origins

  1. Oregon

    From the Spanish Oregano, “wild majorum,” which grows abundantly in this state.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oregon is ranked #23662 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Oregon surname appeared 1,071 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Oregon.

    89.8% or 962 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.6% or 82 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    0.4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Gooner

  2. orgone

  3. orogen

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oregon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oregon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Oregon in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Zinke:

    I respect the state of Washington and Oregon and California, but also, it's in The President and secretary interest for national security and The President and secretary allies to make sure that they have access to affordable energy commodities.

  2. Alek Skarlatos:

    I hope that people are sick of the inflation. I think they're sick of being the poorest congressional district in the state. I think they're sick of the rising crime rate, rising groceries and everything, it just seems like this country is really at a turning point. And if we can't win in an open seat in this kind of a year in Oregon, it just seems like we're hopeless. So I certainly hope that we can take back the House and win a lot of these competitive seats in a year like this.

  3. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper:

    Detailed plans probably aren't appropriate, but I think we have to come back and look at all aspects of why these shootings have continued to occur -- you know, in Oregon, or South Carolina or Colorado, the frequency is unacceptable, and I don't -- I'm not willing to say, 'Well, we just have to sit back and accept this as the cost of freedom,'.

  4. Cory Grogan:

    We do periodically have flooding related deaths like this, it's always a tragedy, but it's not completely out of the norm - this is a bad storm, but it's not too surprising for Oregon.

  5. Mara Gandal-Powers:

    I would say Oregon is definitely at the forefront.

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