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Said to be from Ojibwe odaawaa (traders)/ᐅᑡᐙ.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key)/ˈɒtəwə/
  • (General American, Canada) IPA(key)/ˈɑtəwə//ˈɑtəˌwɑ/

Proper noun


  1. An Algonquian people closely related to the Ojibwe; also spelt Ottowa.
  2. The Ottawa dialect of Ojibwe; also spelt Odawa or Odaawaa.
  3. A city in OntarioCanada; capital city of Canada.
  4. (by synecdoche, metonymically) The federal government of Canada.
  5. A river flowing SE between Ontario and QuebecCanada into the St. Lawrence River.
  6. A city, the county seat of LaSalle CountyIllinois.
  7. A city, the county seat of Franklin CountyKansas.
  8. An unincorporated community in Ottawa TownshipLe Sueur CountyMinnesota.
  9. A village, the county seat of Putnam CountyOhio.
  10. A town and unincorporated community in Waukesha CountyWisconsin.


  • (capital of Canada): National Capital Region, NCR, Ottawa-Hull, Ottawa-Gatineau (biprovincial metropolitan region)

Coordinate terms

  • (capital of Canada): Hull, Gatineau, Mega-Gatineau (twin city on opposite bank of river)

Derived terms

  • Ottawa County
  • Ottawa-Hull
  • Ottawa-Gatineau
  • Mega-Ottawa

Related terms

  • Ottawan
  • Outaouais


Ottawa (plural Ottawas)

  1. A member of the Ottawa people.

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