Definition of Eritrea in English:

Eritrea

Line breaks: Eri|trea
Pronunciation: /ˌɛrɪˈtreɪə
 
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An independent state in NE Africa, on the Red Sea; population 5,647,200 (est. 2009); language, Tigre and Cushitic languages; capital, Asmara.

Eritrea was an Italian colony from 1890 to 1952, when it became part of Ethiopia. After a long guerrilla war it became internally self-governing in 1991 and fully independent in 1993

Origin

from Italian, from Latin Mare Erythraeum 'the Red Sea'.

Derivatives

Eritrean

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • I strolled past Koreans, Guatemalans, Scots, Eritreans, Australians, Japanese, Turks, and Jamaicans and people of a hundred other cultures.
  • Ethiopians and Eritreans lived together, got married, had kids.
  • The first group of wounded Eritrean prisoners of war left Ethiopia for home yesterday after the signing of a peace agreement between the two countries.

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