Definition of Venezuela in English:

Venezuela

Line breaks: Vene|zuela
Pronunciation: /ˌvɛnɪˈzweɪlə
 
, beneˈswela, -θwela/
  • A republic on the north coast of South America, with a coastline on the Caribbean Sea; population 26,814,800 (est. 2009); official language, Spanish; capital, Caracas. Official name Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, Venezuela won its independence in 1821 after a ten-year struggle, but did not finally emerge as a separate nation until its secession from federation with Colombia (1830). It is a major oil-exporting country, with the industry based on the area around Lake Maracaibo in the north-west

Derivatives

Venezuelan

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Let us not keep injecting hate into the family of Venezuelans.
  • We must work to guarantee that the will of the majority of Venezuelans manifests itself and is respected.
  • The number of Venezuelans living in extreme poverty doubled between 1999 and 2003, Chavez's first five years as president.

Origin

Spanish, literally 'little Venice', named by early explorers when they saw native houses built on stilts over water.

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