Definitions

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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

From Spanish "Rich Port" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These home study courses are supplemented by workshops, clinical trainings, experiential programs in Puerto Rico and India, and wildcrafting programs.

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  • Virgin Islands, Canada and Puerto Rico will now pay $25 for the first bag checked in at the airport and $35 for the second bag.

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  • My mother got a job working for the University of Puerto Rico at an agricultural experimental station, where she met the man who would become her second husbanda Peruvian doctor who soon received a residency opportunity in New Jersey.

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  • Judy remembered calling Stuey from Puerto Rico and pleading with him not to lose the house.

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  • Between Puerto Rico and the next-smallest island came a gap in the order-of-magnitude regression, since Darlington possessed no empirical data from any Antillean landmass of roughly 400 square miles.

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  • As a wife, she was the perfect complement to my father, who eventually became the chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagez, where my sister and I were born.

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  • At my brother Jose Enriques wedding in Puerto Rico on March 5, 2005.

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  • Puerto Rico was not quite a tenth the size of Cuba, with less than half as many species of carabids.

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  • Helicopters bearing her name have zigzagged the skies while, in 1996, Category 3 Hurricane Bertha pulverized Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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  • Our mutual contempt lasted for a couple of yearsway after she broke up with Pedro and was crowned Miss Puerto Rico in 1978, way after I dated him a couple more times in college and lost interest.

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