Definition of Colombia in English:

Colombia

Syllabification: Co·lom·bi·a
Pronunciation: /kəˈləmbēə
 
/
A country in extreme northwestern South America that has a coastline on both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans; population 43,677,400 (est. 2009); capital, Bogotá; official language, Spanish.

Colombia was conquered by the Spanish in the early 16th century and achieved independence in the early 19th century, although the resulting Republic of Great Colombia lasted only until 1830, when first Venezuela and then Ecuador broke away to become independent states in their own right. Since the civil war of 1949–53, the country has struggled with poverty and social problems. During the 1990s, guerrilla warfare, partly funded by the growing drug trade, dominated Colombia’s countryside

Derivatives

Colombian

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Journalism is a hazardous profession for Colombians.
  • His many works filled Colombians with curiosity and admiration for the region's cultural complexity, its contemporary myths, its take on reality.
  • The Colombians are passionate about their own music and it made me think that if we were half as enthusiastic about our own home-grown talent, we'd have a far richer music scene in Scotland.

Definition of Colombia in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day antebellum
Pronunciation: ˌantɪˈbɛləm
adjective
occurring or existing before a particular war…