from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island country in the Caribbean Sea south of Florida. Originally settled by Arawak Indians, it was discovered by Columbus in 1492 and was colonized by Spain beginning in 1511. Spain relinquished its control of Cuba in 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War, and following a three-year occupation by U.S. forces, the island became self-governing in 1902. Fulgencio Batista dominated the government of Cuba from 1933 until 1959, when he was ousted by Fidel Castro. Havana is the capital and the largest city. Population: 11,400,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A country and the largest island in the Caribbean. Official name: Republic of Cuba.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. a country on the island of Cuba.
- proper n. the largest island in the West Indies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the largest island in the West Indies
- n. a communist state in the Caribbean on the island of Cuba
Disputed; likely from Taíno cubao ("abundant fertile land") or coabana ("great place"). (Wiktionary)