from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A self-governing island commonwealth of the United States in the Caribbean Sea east of Hispaniola. Inhabited by Tainos when it was discovered by Columbus in 1493, it was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century and ceded to the United States in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, although residents of the island do not vote in U.S. presidential elections. Commonwealth status was proclaimed in 1952 and has been upheld by various plebiscites since the 1960s. San Juan is the capital and the largest city. Population: 3,940,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A self-governing Commonwealth in the Caribbean which is a territory of the United States. Official name: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
- n. a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico
From Spanish "Rich Port" (Wiktionary)