Definition of Mexico in English:

Share this entry

Mexico

Pronunciation: /ˈmeksəkō/
/ˈmāhēkō/
1A country in southwestern North America, with extensive coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, bordered by the US on the north; population 111,211,800 (est. 2009); capital, Mexico City; language, Spanish (official).
1.1A state in central Mexico, west of Mexico City; capital, Toluca de Lerdo.

The center of both Mayan and Aztec civilizations, Mexico was conquered and colonized by the Spanish in the early 16th century. It remained under Spanish rule until independence was achieved in 1821; a republic was established three years later. Texas rebelled and broke away in 1836, while all the remaining territory north of the Rio Grande was lost to the US in the Mexican War of 1846–48.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Mex·i·co

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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