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Paraguay Syllabification: Par·a·guay
Pronunciation: /ˈperəˌɡwī/

Definition of Paraguay in English:

A landlocked country in central South America; population 6,995,700 (est. 2009); capital, Asunción; languages, Spanish (official) and Guarani.

The territory was occupied by seminomadic Guarani peoples before Spanish rule was established in the 16th century. Paraguay achieved independence in 1811. It lost more than half of its population in war, against Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay 1865–70, but gained land in the Chaco War with Bolivia 1932–35. The country was ruled by military dictator Alfredo Stroessner (1912–2006) from 1954 until 1989



Pronunciation: /ˈˌperəˈɡwīən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Her fictional account of the 19 th-century Irish courtesan Eliza Lynch, who became the consort of a great Paraguayan leader, begins as it means to go on: boldly, but not quite where no man has gone before.
  • Red-shirted English fans were out in numbers in pubs, but so too were Scots in the Trinidadian colours, blue and yellow Viking helmets, and even draped in the red, blue and white Paraguayan flag.
  • Fire roared through a supermarket on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion yesterday, killing as many as 300 people and injuring dozens more.

Words that rhyme with Paraguay

lapsus linguae • Uruguay

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