Definitions

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

  • A country of Central America between Panama and Nicaragua. Although Christopher Columbus reached Costa Rica in 1502, Spanish conquest of the area did not begin until 1563. The country achieved independence from Spain in 1821 as part of Mexican territory and declared itself a sovereign republic in 1838. San José is the capital and the largest city. Population: 4,130,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Central America; Official name: Republic of Costa Rica. Capital San José.

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

  • n. a republic in Central America; one of the most politically stable countries in Latin America

Etymologies

From Spanish rica ("rich"), costa ("coast"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you had told me when my friends Bess Marvin, George Fayne, and I left for an all-expenses-paid vacation to Costa Rica that we wouldn’t want to get on the plane to come back, I wouldn’t have been surprised.

    SEEING GREEN

  • Drew was vacationing in Costa Rica with her friends Bess Marvin and

    SEEING GREEN

  • In the Los Angeles Times, Susan Spano reported from Costa Rica about a sea turtle: “It’s a big black blur in the shallows that starts to take shape as it galumphs up the beach on powerful front fins ill suited to terrestrial locomotion.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Located north of Costa Rica and south of Honduras, Nicaragua is the largest Central American republic; with 148,000 square kilometers, it is about the same size as England and Wales.

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  • While doing research in Costa Rica during medical school, I enjoyed gallo pinto a mixture of black beans and rice for breakfast every day, and had black beans as a side dish with nearly every meal.

    The Flex Diet

  • It also led to a series of attacks, both in Costa Rica and at home in River Heights, that

    SEEING GREEN

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