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

  • A British colony at the northwest end of the Rock of Gibraltar, a peninsula on the south-central coast of Spain in the Strait of Gibraltar, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean between Spain and northern Africa. Gibraltar was captured by Arabs in 711 and passed to the Spanish in 1462. Great Britain took control in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession, although Spain has made repeated claims to regain the territory. Population: 28,000.
  • n. An invincible fortress or stronghold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An overseas territory of the United Kingdom at the southern end of Iberia.
  • proper n. A strait connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic between Gibraltar and Morocco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strongly fortified town on the south coast of Spain, held by the British since 1704; hence, an impregnable stronghold.
  • n. A kind of candy sweetmeat, or a piece of it; -- called, in full, Gibraltar rock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of candy: same as Gibraltar rock.
  • n. A kind of sugar-candy made in short thick sticks with rounded ends.

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

  • n. location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules

Etymologies

From the Arabic جبل طارق (Jabal Ţāriq), meaning Mountain of Tariq, who led the Umayyad conquest of Hispania, starting in 711. Replaced earlier Latin Mons Calpe ("Mount Calpe") for the land, and Ancient Greek Ηράκλειες Στήλε ("Pillars of Hercules") (Latin Columnae Herculis) for the strait. (Wiktionary)

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