from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of northwest Africa bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. The region was settled c. 2000 B.C. by Berber-speaking people and later formed a part of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Arab invaders in the seventh and eighth centuries introduced Islam and the Arabic language and culture. A French territory from 1848, Algeria gained its independence in 1962 after more than seven years of fighting. Algiers is the capital and the largest city. Population: 33,300,000.
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- proper n. A country in Northern Africa. Official name: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.
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- n. a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s
From Arabic الجزائر (al-jazā’ir, "the islands"), plural of جزيرة (jazīra, "island"), referring to the several small islands that once existed in the Bay of Algiers. (Wiktionary)