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Tunisia Syllabification: Tu·ni·sia
Pronunciation: /t(y)o͞oˈnēZHə/

Definition of Tunisia in English:

A country in North Africa, on the Mediterranean Sea and extending south into the Sahara Desert; population 10,486,300 (est. 2009); capital, Tunis; language, Arabic (official).

Phoenician coastal settlements developed into the commercial empire of Carthage (near modern Tunis). The area was conquered by the Arabs in the 7th century and became part of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century; a French protectorate was established in 1886. The rise of nationalism led to independence and the establishment of a republic in 1956–57, with Habib ibn Ali Bourguiba becoming the country’s first president. In 2010–11 a series of popular demonstrations led to president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who had succeeded Bourguiba in 1987, leaving office



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Example sentences
  • The relief of the Tunisians was palatable.
  • Seven Tunisians are on trial.
  • A poll done in the 1980s showed that 20% of Tunisians, when asked their religion, replied that they were not religious.

Words that rhyme with Tunisia

artemisia, Kirghizia

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