a northern US state, also called the Wolverine State and the Great Lakes State, because it is divided into two parts by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and also has borders with Lake Superior and Lake Erie. The largest city is Detroit, and the capital city is Lansing. Michigan became a state in 1837. Its products include iron and other minerals, cars and cereals (= grains processed as food). Tourists visit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, and Mackinac Island. People who live in the state are called Michiganders.