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Bolivia Syllabification: Bo·liv·i·a
Pronunciation: /bəˈlivēə/

Definition of Bolivia in English:

A landlocked country in western South America; population 9,775,200 (est. 2009); capital, La Paz; legal capital and seat of the judiciary, Sucre; languages, Spanish (official), Aymara, and Quechua.

After the defeat of the Incas, Bolivia became part of Spain’s empire in the Americas. Freed from Spanish rule in 1825, it has suffered continually from political instability



Pronunciation: /bəˈlivēən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • At the welcome party local schoolchildren performed a concert much to the appreciation of the Bolivians, who in turn returned the compliment by performing a number of musical pieces.
  • As a result of history, both ancient and recent, Bolivians know all too well the greed and exploitation that can disguise itself as global economic enterprise.
  • Firefighters and villagers raced last night to unearth up to 400 Bolivians feared trapped under a mass of red clay, rocks and rubble after a landslide hit their village.


Named after Simón Bolívar, who liberated the country from Spanish rule.

Words that rhyme with Bolivia

Livia, Olivia, trivia

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