Definitions

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

  • A country of Central America bordering on the Pacific Ocean. Conquered by Spain in 1524, the region gained its independence in 1821, joined (1825-1838) a federation of Central American states, and became a separate republic in 1839. The country was ruled by a series of military governments from 1931 to 1979 and was embroiled in a civil war from 1980 to 1992. San Salvador is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,950,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Central America. Official name: Republic of El Salvador. Capital: San Salvador.

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

  • n. a republic on the Pacific coast of Central America

Etymologies

From Spanish El Salvador ("The Saviour"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With our backing, El Salvador eventually established the first democratic government in its history under President José Napoleon Duarte.

    An American Life

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