from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A country of southwest Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. A German protectorate after 1884, it was occupied in 1915 by South Africa, which governed it under a League of Nations mandate (1920–1946) but refused to accept the United Nations trusteeship that replaced the mandate. In 1990, Namibia achieved full independence. Windhoek is the capital.

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  • proper noun Country in the Southern Africa. Official name: Republic of Namibia.

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

  • noun a republic in southwestern Africa on the south Atlantic coast (formerly called South West Africa); achieved independence from South Africa in 1990; the greater part of Namibia forms part of the high Namibian plateau of South Africa


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Haiǁom/Nama namib ("area where there is nothing") + Latinate suffix -ia



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