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Cuba Syllabification: Cu·ba
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞obə/

Definition of Cuba in English:

A country in the western West Indies, the largest and furthest west of the islands, in the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico; population 11,451,700 (est. 2009); capital, Havana; official language, Spanish.

A Spanish colony, Cuba became nominally independent after the Spanish-American War of 1898 and achieved full autonomy in 1934. Fidel Castro led a communist revolution in 1959, and held the presidency until replaced by his brother Raúl Castro in 2008. The country suffered under a US trade embargo and, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc in 1991, lost much of its trade



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Example sentences
  • Mr. Carter says the Cubans assured him they were not exploiting technology to Libya or Iraq.
  • The Cubans really feel like that's a lot of money being directed at trying to topple their government.
  • By day we would sit waiting for the Cubans to give us the go-ahead to Havana.

Words that rhyme with Cuba

Aruba, Nuba, scuba, tuba, tuber

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