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Venezuela

Line breaks: Vene|zuela
Pronunciation: /ˌvɛnɪˈzweɪlə
 
, beneˈswela, -θwela/

Definition of Venezuela in English:

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

Origin

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

Derivatives

Venezuelan

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adjective& noun
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.

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