What does Ottawa mean?

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ˈɒt ə wəot·tawa

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ottawanoun

    a member of the Algonquian people of southern Ontario

  2. Outaouais, Ottawa, Ottawa rivernoun

    a river in southeastern Canada that flows along the boundary between Quebec and Ontario to the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal

  3. Ottawa, Canadian capital, capital of Canadanoun

    the capital of Canada (located in southeastern Ontario across the Ottawa river from Quebec)


  1. Ottawanoun

    A member of the Ottawa people.

  2. Ottawanoun

    An Algonquian people closely related to the Ojibwe; also spelt Ottowa.

  3. Ottawanoun

    The Ottawa dialect of Ojibwe; also spelt Odawa or Odaawaa.

  4. Ottawanoun

    The capital of Canada, located in the province of Ontario.

  5. Ottawanoun

    A river flowing SE between Ontario and Quebec into the St. Lawrence River.

  6. Ottawanoun

    A city in Illinois.

  7. Ottawanoun

    A town in Ohio.

  8. Etymology: Said to be from odaawaa.


  1. Ottawa

    Ottawa ( (listen), ; Canadian French: [ɔtawɑ]) is the capital city of Canada. It is located at the confluence of the Ottawa River and the Rideau River in the southern portion of the province of Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec, and forms the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2021, Ottawa had a city population of 1,017,449 and a metropolitan population of 1,488,307, making it the fourth-largest city and fourth-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Ottawa is the political centre of Canada and headquarters to the federal government. The city houses numerous foreign embassies, key buildings, organizations, and institutions of Canada's government, including the Parliament of Canada, the Supreme Court, the residence of Canada's viceroy, and Office of the Prime Minister.Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001. The municipal government of Ottawa is established and governed by the City of Ottawa Act of the Government of Ontario, and has an elected city council across 24 wards and a mayor elected city-wide. Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is home to a number of colleges and universities, research and cultural institutions, including the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Canada; and numerous national museums, monuments, and historic sites. It is one of the most visited cities in Canada, with over 11 million visitors in 2018.


  1. ottawa

    Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, located in the eastern part of the country near the border of the province of Quebec. It is the fourth largest city in Canada and the second largest in Ontario. Known for its high standard of living, rich history, and numerous cultural institutions, Ottawa is also recognized for its picturesque location on the Ottawa River. The city is bilingual with English and French being the primary languages spoken. It is home to Parliament Hill, a number of national museums, and hosts the annual Winterlude festival.


  1. Ottawa

    Ottawa is the capital of Canada, and the fourth largest city in the country. The city is located on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec, and together they form the National Capital Region. Founded in 1826 as Bytown and incorporated as "Ottawa" in 1855, the city has evolved into a political and technological centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous minor annexations and ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and major amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The name "Ottawa" is derived from the Algonquin word adawe, meaning "to trade". Initially an Irish and French Christian settlement, Ottawa has become a multicultural city with a diverse population. The 2011 census had the city's population as 883,391, the census metropolitan area population as 1,236,324, and the National Capital Region population as 1,451,415. Mercer ranks Ottawa with the second highest quality of living of any large city in the Americas, and 14th highest in the world. It is also rated the second cleanest city in Canada, and third cleanest city in the world. In 2012, the city was ranked for the third consecutive year as the best community in Canada to live in by MoneySense.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ottawa

    capital of the Dominion of Canada, is situated 90 m. up the Ottawa River and its confluence with the St. Lawrence, between the Chaudière and Rideau Falls. Here are the Parliament buildings, the Governor-General's residence, a Roman Catholic cathedral, numerous colleges and schools, and a great library. There is some flour-milling and some iron-working, but the chief industry is lumber felling. Half the people are French Roman Catholics. It became the capital of the Dominion in 1856, and in ten years after the government was installed in its new buildings.

Rap Dictionary

  1. ottawa

    Contents 1 Ottawa 2 Area Codes 3 Fu** The Police 4 Hoods 5 Gangs 6 Defunct Gangs 7 Graffiti 8 Rappers 9 Professional Sports Teams Ottawa This article will include information on both Ottawa and Gatineau. Together the 2 cities make up what is called the National Capital Region. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest city, as well as the second largest city in the province of Ontario. In 2005 the population of Ottawa was estimated at 860,928, while the population off the larger Censuss Metropolitan Area was estimated at 1,168,788, the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Gatineau) has a population of 1,451,415 during the last census. Ottawa lies on the banks of the Ottawa River, a major waterwayy that forms the boundary between Ontario and Quebec. Gatineau is the third largest city in the province of Quebec, and together with Ottawa makes up what is refered to as the National Capital Region. The population of Gatineau is listed at 242,124, the Census Metropolitan Area has a population of 282,627, while the National Capital Region has a population of 1,451,415. The city of Gatineau lies adjacent to the city of Ottawa seperated only by the Ottawa River. The 2 cities are connected by road, rail and ferry. Area Codes The National Capital Region is currently home to 2 area codes, and a 3rd is on its way in the near future. Currently Area Code 613 serves the Ontario side of the Ottawa River, and Area Code 819 serves the Quebec Side of the Ottawa River. In 1-2 years time the Ontario side of the Ottawa River will have a second area code added: 343. Fu** The Police The Ottawa Police have been accused of amid racial profiling amongst the cities visible minorities. In 2004, an 18-year old black teenager was driving home in his mothers Mercedes-Benz with his window down when an Ottawa Police officer immediately did a U-turn and began to follow him. The officer pulled over the teen for no apparent reason. There have been several cases of alleged police brutality by members of the Ottawa Police services. Most notable, Constable Martin Cardinal was caught on camcorder banging a female's head on his cruiser. Cardinal was convicted, but ordered to rejoin the force. In 2005, yet another assault by members of the Ottawa police was recorded on camera. Constable Shane Henderson was caught on tape assaulting a civilian from Montreal at a Tim Hortons coffee shop. The case is still under investigation. Ottawa Police Denies Racial Profiling Business Man Brutalized by Ottawa Police Police Shoot & Kill Suspect Hoods Bayshore, Caldwell, Carlington, Cedarwood,aka CC Centertown, Debra-Dynes,aka D-Block Donald, Draper,aka DPR Heatherington,aka H-Block Hunt Club Woods, Ledbury-Banff,aka LB Meadowbrook, Monterey, Mechanicsville, Overbrook,aka OB Penny/Michelle Heights,aka The Heights Queensdale, Rideau St., Ritchie-Ramsey,aka Double R Russell,aka Russlin Sandlewood,aka CC Sandy Hill, Somerset St. W, Trappers,aka Trap Park Uplands, Vanier, Walkley, Gangs Asian Boyz, Asociacion Ñeta, A-Team, Cedarwood Crips, Central Park Click, Donald Project Gangstas, Gilder Boys, H-Block Crips, Hell's Angels, Ledbury-Banff Crips, Lowertown Militia, Overbrook Bloods, Overbrook Crips, Russell Ridaz, Sandlewood Crips, South Side Souljaz, Trappers Park Crew, Viet Boyz, VVT, West Side Bloods. Defunct Gangs Ace Crew, Double R Bloods, Southside Crips. Graffiti A city council committee wants Ottawa's anti-graffiti budget more than tripled next year to almost $2.5 million but was persuaded to save the city's two legal graffiti walls. The transportation and community and protective services committee unanimously endorsed a plan Thursday that would boost the city's $585,000 budget for graffiti prevention and removal by $1.9 million. But the plan was revised so it would not wipe out a wall downtownn and one in the city's south where graffiti is allowed. The plan must go to full council for final approval. At Thursday's meeting, a number of speakers favoured cracking down harder on illegal, unwanted painting and scribbling on structures around the city that they say hurts tourism and civic pride. "Nail the little donkeys that are doing the damage," said Rob Sproule, chair of the city's business advisory committee, who said he is sick of the problem. Rappers Babble Goons, Belly, Cashtro, Deuce-Deuce, Diction, DL Incognito, Half-Sized Giants, Khalifa, Nine Planets, Mischief, Niko Doughski, S.C.R.I.P.T., SixOneThird, I.O, Young G a.k.a. Young Jihad, Professional Sports Teams Ottawa iss home to the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. Ottawa 67's a junior ice hockey team, that plays in Ontario Hockey League Ottawa Rapids of the Can-Am Baseball League

Etymology and Origins

  1. Ottawa

    Expresses the Indian for “traders.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ottawa in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ottawa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Ottawa in a Sentence

  1. Marc Elias:

    It is not reasonable for peoples' votes to be taken away from them and for them to be disenfranchised based on the speed with which the US Postal Service can deliver these ballots, there is no reason why a Floridian in Ottawa ought to have their ballot counted when a retired veteran in Pensacola who mailed the ballot on the same day and it didn't get here in time shouldn't.

  2. Daniel Alfredsson:

    I never believed my career entitled me to any special treatment, bibi( Alfredsson's wife) and I both agreed this was the right thing to do and give us a chance to say thank you to the people and fans of Ottawa.

  3. Dan Woynillowicz:

    You can't ignore the fact that there is more opportunity in Canada now does, in part, stem from the fact there were changes in government in Alberta and Ottawa.

  4. Brigitte Belton:

    Not only the American media, the Canadian media as well. They’re spinning their own narrative, this isn’t a cult … The federal government, the city of Ottawa, all those organizations that are out to get us right now, maybe that’s the cult.

  5. David Anber:

    There was no – there was never a blockade in Ottawa. The word 'blockade' is a charged word, at the border, in other places in Canada, there were things that could be legitimately characterized as a blockade. They were preventing supply chain and movement of people and goods. The protests in Ottawa, for the most part, every road that was jammed up with trucks left a lane of traffic to allow emergency vehicles and other people to navigate the city.

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