Definition of Guatemala in English:

Guatemala

Syllabification: Gua·te·ma·la
Pronunciation: /ˌɡwädəˈmälə
 
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A country in Central America that borders on the Pacific Ocean and has a short coastline on the Caribbean Sea; population 13,276,500 (est. 2009); capital, Guatemala City; official language, Spanish.

A former center of Mayan civilization, Guatemala was conquered by the Spanish in 1523–24. 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

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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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