(1)   A state in the Deep South on the gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate States during the American Civil War
(2)   A major North American river and the chief river of the United States; rises in northern Minnesota and flows southward into the Gulf of Mexico



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Proper noun

  1. A . Capital Jackson: Postal abbreviation: MS
  2. A major river in North America that rises in Minnesota and flows into the Gulf of Mexico.


  1. Used to count out a time of about one second, especially in games.
    • 1996, “Cheers & Jeers”, in Field and Stream, v 101, September, p 12:
      Any reader who uses the old “One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, etc.” method to estimate distance to a storm, and doesn't get any further than a count of five to eight had better be in a safe shelter.


  1. A recitation of “Mississippi” (interjection).
    • 1997, George Clark, The Small Bees’ Honey: Stories, Buffalo, NY: White Pine Press, p 129:
      I counted five Mississippis between each flash of lightning and the thunder crash that followed.


the Magnolia State, the Hospitality State (nicknames) the Big Muddy (also more commonly used for the Missouri), Big River, Body of a Nation, El Grande, El Grande de Soto, the Father of Waters, the Gathering of Waters, the Great River, the Mighty Mississippi, the Muddy Mississippi, Old Man River (nicknames)

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