Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of northwest South America with coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Previously inhabited by the Chibchas, it was settled by the Spanish in 1530s and formed the nucleus of the viceroyalty of New Granada after 1740. The area gained its independence from Spain in 1821 under the leadership of Simón Bolívar, but the modern state of Colombia did not emerge until after Venezuela and Ecuador (1830) and later Panama (1903) had become separate nations. Bogotá is the capital and the largest city. Population: 44,400,000.

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  • proper n. Country in South America. Official name: Republic of Colombia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a republic in northwestern South America with a coastline on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; achieved independence from Spain in 1821 under the leadership of Simon Bolivar; Spanish is the official language

Etymologies

After Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus (1451–1506). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Associated Press COLOMBIA FLOOD: Residents waded through a flooded street in Campo de la Cruz, Colombia, Thursday.

    Photos of the Day: Dec. 16

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'COLOMBIA: Secret Documents Show US Aware of Army Killings in 1990s'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Declassified U.S. documents show that the CIA and former U.S. ambassadors were fully aware, as far back as 1990, that the military in Colombia -- the third largest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel and Egypt -- were committing extrajudicial killings as part of "death squad tactics."

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: COLOMBIA: Secret Documents Show US Aware of Army Killings in 1990s

  • WILLIAM BROWNFIELD, U.S. AMBAS.ADOR TO COLOMBIA: I was there at the first place where the plane put down, which is Tolemaida Air Base in southern Colombia.

    CNN Transcript Jul 2, 2008

  • COLOMBIA DISASTER: A landslide following weeks of drenching rains has buried more than 50 homes in northwestern Colombia, apparently trapping dozens of people.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - The sounds of laughter and salsa music rise from a small private campground on the edge of the river outside the small town of Malambo, Colombia.

    Blackanthem Military News

  • PRESS BRIEFING BY A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ON THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO COLOMBIA Cartagena Conference Center Cartagena, Colombia

    Background Briefing By Senior Administration Official

  • UNITED SELF-DEFENSE FORCES OF COLOMBIA a.k.a. AUC; Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia Description: The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 10,

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  • REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA a.k.a. FARC; Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia Description: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 8, 1997.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

  • As internet access in Colombia is still growing (mobile broadband access grew 349% and fixed broadband 51.3% in 2008 [es], the former mostly in rural areas, according to a report) and prospects are optimistic, especially when it comes to mobile access [es], candidates for Presidency and Congress (parliamentary elections are scheduled for March 14, 2010) are expected to join the cyberpolitics wave.

    Global Voices in English » Colombia: Cyber-Politics for the 2010 Elections

  • Barranquilla in Colombia is the most important coastal city with a distinct characteristic: no rainwater drainage systems, so whenever it rains, the whole city floods with dangerous fast running rivers (called arroyos) replacing roads.

    Global Voices in English » Colombia: Living with Flooding in Barranquilla

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