Definitions

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

  • A country in the Apennines near the Adriatic Sea. It is surrounded by Italy and is the world's smallest republic. Traditionally founded in the fourth century A.D., San Marino was recognized by the papacy in 1631 and has maintained its independence, with a few brief interruptions, ever since. It signed a treaty of friendship with Italy in 1862, was allied with Italy in World Wars I and II, and was bombed by the Allied forces in 1944. The city of San Marino is its capital. The country's population is 28,600; the city's, 4,300.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A country in Europe, located within the borders of Italy. Official name: Republic of San Marino.
  • proper n. The capital city of San Marino.

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

  • n. the capital and only city of San Marino
  • n. the smallest republic in the world; the oldest independent country in Europe (achieved independence in 301); located in the Apennines and completely surrounded by Italy

Etymologies

Italian san ("saint") Marino ("Marinus") (Saint Marinus) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He called it “in France,” as we should call the Republic of San Marino “in Italy” now.

    The Life of Froude

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