Peoria [pee-awr-ee-uh, -ohr-] Examples noun

  1. a city in central Illinois, on the Illinois River.
  2. a town in central Arizona.

Related formsPe·o·ri·an, adjective, noun Examples from the Web for peoria Contemporary Examples of peoria

  • Mainstream gays want Pride parades to play well in Peoria, with large corporate floats and photogenic participants.

    Is Caring About Climate Change an Essential Part of LGBT Identity?

    Jay Michaelson

    September 21, 2014

  • Peoria indulges in, and mostly enjoys, just about every vice known to man or woman from New York to Baghdad to Bangkok.

    Newsweek Takedown From Beyond the Grave: Michael Hastings’s Fiction Tells the Truth

    Christopher Dickey

    June 18, 2014

  • Ernst even sought to find out how Ulysses might play in Peoria (not well, if the returned survey is any indication).

    How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Like ‘Ulysses’

    Danielle Sigler

    June 16, 2012

  • And how the world then reacts has equally major ripples from Peoria to Portland.

    Debt-Debacle Hangover

    Zachary Karabell

    August 2, 2011

  • The 16-year-old Shali was dropped into the alien world of high school in Peoria, Ill., unable to speak a word of English.

    The Noble General

    John Barry

    July 24, 2011

  • Historical Examples of peoria

  • But this man, named Clement, a banker from Peoria, had proved unworthy.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • I was born and brought up on the plains, and I’ve been to Peoria only to get educated, as they say.

    The Boy Land Boomer

    Ralph Bonehill

  • This sheet of water, now called Peoria Lake, was twenty miles long and three broad.

    The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago

    John S. C. Abbott

  • It’s the City of Peoria, the same boat you boys tried to run away on.

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters

  • Come to Peoria, and I will see if I can’t help you save money.

    Five Hundred Dollars

    Horatio Alger

  • British Dictionary definitions for peoria Peoria noun

    1. a port in N central Illinois, on the Illinois River. Pop: 112 907 (2003 est)

    Word Origin and History for peoria Peoria

    small city in Illinois, U.S., originally the name of a subdivision of the Miami/Illinois people (1673), from native /peewaareewa/. Their own name is said to mean “carriers.” The place name also is found in Oklahoma and Iowa, but it is the Illinois city that has been proverbially regarded as the typical measure of U.S. cultural and intellectual standards at least since Ambrose Bierce (c.1890). Also the butt of baseball player jokes (c.1920-40, when it was part of the St. Louis Cardinals farm system) and popularized in the catchphrase “It’ll play in Peoria” (often negative), meaning “the average American will approve,” which was popular in the Nixon White House (1969-74) but seems to have had a vaudeville origin. Personification in “little old lady in Peoria” is said to be from Harold Ross of the “New Yorker.” Peoria’s rivals as embodiment of U.S. small city values and standards include Dubuque, Iowa; Hoboken and Hackensack, N.J.; Oakland (Gertrude Stein: “When you get there, there isn’t any there there”) and Burbank, Calif., and the entire state of North Dakota.

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