1a river in the south-eastern US, flowing some 1,400 km (875 miles) in a great loop, generally westwards through Tennessee and Alabama, then northwards to re-enter Tennessee, joining the Ohio River in western Kentucky.
2a state in the central south-eastern US; population 6,214,888 (est. 2008); capital, Nashville. Ceded by Britain to the US in 1783, it became the 16th state in 1796.
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Tennessee in other Oxford dictionaries
Definition of Tennessee in the US English dictionary