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Miami (mi-ah-mee)

Miami (IPA: /maɪˈæmi/, Spanish: [miˈami]) is a major port city on the Atlantic coast of south Florida in the southeastern United States. It is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.


The name "Miami" comes from one of the native languages of the Seminole tribe, who inhabited the region before European colonization. The word "Mayaimi" means "big water" in their language, referring to Lake Okeechobee. The city of Miami was named after the Miami River, which got its name from Lake Mayaimi.

Related Terms

  • Miami-Dade County: The most populous county in Florida, of which Miami is the county seat.
  • Seminole: A Native American tribe from Florida. The city of Miami was named after a word from their language.
  • Atlantic Coast: The eastern seaboard of the United States, on which Miami is located.
  • Port City: A city with a port that plays a significant role in international trade. Miami is one of the largest port cities in the United States.


In English, Miami is pronounced as /maɪˈæmi/. In Spanish, it is pronounced as [miˈami].

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