Definition of Guatemala in English:

Guatemala

Line breaks: Gua¦te|mala
Pronunciation: /ˌgwɑːtəˈmɑːlə
 
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  • A country in Central America, bordering on the Pacific Ocean and with a short coastline on the Caribbean Sea; population 13,276,500 (est. 2009); official language, Spanish; capital, Guatemala City.

A former centre of Mayan civilization, Guatemala was conquered by the Spanish in 1523-4. After independence it formed the core of the short-lived United Provinces of Central America (1828–38) before becoming an independent republic in its own right

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Guatemalan

adjective & noun
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  • Natural disasters, war, poverty and the hope of earning large amounts of money have led thousands of Guatemalans to make the trip north through Mexico to the United States - usually illegally - and everyone has an uncle or a brother there.
  • For this magazine I went there and spent some time listening to ordinary Americans - as I have, in the past, to ordinary Guatemalans or South Africans.
  • One anonymous reader misunderstood my instructions and suggested that Glass donate both his kidneys to an ill Guatemalan.

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