Share this entry

Share this page

San Marino

Line breaks: San Mar¦ino
Pronunciation: /məˈriːnəʊ
 
/

Definition of San Marino in English:

A republic forming a small enclave in Italy, near Rimini; population 30,200 (est. 2009); official language, Italian; capital, the town of San Marino. It is perhaps Europe’s oldest state, claiming to have been independent almost continuously since its foundation in the 4th century.

Origin

said to be named after Marino, a Dalmatian stonecutter who fled there to escape the persecution of Christians under Diocletian.

Definition of San Marino in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure