Definitions

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

  • A country of the West Indies comprising western Hispaniola and two offshore islands. Originally inhabited by Arawak Indians, the region became a French colony in 1697. Following a slave revolt led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, an independent republic was established in 1804 comprising the entire island of Hispaniola. The eastern part of the island revolted in 1843, forming the Dominican Republic. In the 20th century Haiti was ruled by a series of dictatorships, including the repressive regimes of François Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude, who was ousted in 1986. Jean-Bertrand Aristide became Haiti's first democratically elected president in 1991. Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city. Population: 8,710,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A country in the Caribbean. Official name: Republic of Haiti. Capital: Port-au-Prince.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a country on the island of Hispaniola.
  • n. an island in the West Indies.

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

  • n. a republic in the West Indies on the western part of the island of Hispaniola; achieved independence from France in 1804; the poorest and most illiterate nation in the western hemisphere
  • n. an island in the West Indies

Etymologies

From Taino hayiti ("mountainous land"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • HAITI RELIEF UPDATES: The Latest Corporation Donations In response to the crisis in Haiti, companies around the world are scrambling to donate to the cause ....

    CARE: Notes From the Field: Haitians in Desperate Need of Help

  • HAITI RELIEF UPDATES: The Latest Corporation Donations In response to the crisis in Haiti, companies around the world are scrambling to donate to the cause .... var news_amount = 7;

    Amy Wilentz: Haiti and the Depths of Darkness

  • HAITI RELIEF UPDATES: The Latest Corporation Donations In response to the crisis in Haiti, companies around the world are scrambling to donate to the cause .... var news_amount = 6;

    Alison Rose Levy: Donations To Haitians Not Aid Administrators

  • JEAN-MAX BELLERIVE, HAITI PRIME MINISTER (via phone): The good news is that until now, the city is pretty calm what is happening in Haiti.

    CNN Transcript Jan 13, 2010

  • RENE GARCIA PREVAL, PRESIDENT OF HAITI (through translator): His last initiative of putting the two last receiving Presidents, Bush and Clinton, together to form a fund, a special fund for Haiti is again a sign of great support.

    CNN Transcript Jan 16, 2010

  • JAMES.FOLLEY, U.S. AMBAS.ADOR TO HAITI: We will not recognize any government in Haiti that comes to power by force of arms.

    CNN Transcript Feb 17, 2004

  • RECONFIGURING THE UN MISSION IN HAITI: We will be consulting intensively with our partners in New York to prepare the planned UN military and police Mission for Haiti to be able to function effectively and safely once the military leadership has relinquished power.

    Haitian Policy Fact Sheet

  • Note: shares island of Hispaniola with Dominican Republic (western one-third is Haiti, eastern two-thirds is the Dominican Republic) @Haiti, People

    The 1994 CIA World Factbook

  • Note: shares island of Hispaniola with Dominican Republic (western one-third is Haiti, eastern two-thirds is the Dominican Republic) @Haiti: People

    The 1995 CIA World Factbook

  • Time.com: China's Stealth Fighter: J-20 Flight Test a Surprise haiti earthquake Children in Haiti are in need of your help.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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