- a republic in NW Africa: formerly comprised 13 departments of France; gained independence 1962. 919,352 sq. mi. (2,381,122 sq. km). Capital: Algiers.
Examples from the Web for algeria
Diplomats from Egypt, Chad, Tunisia, Algeria and Sudan have met in Cairo to discuss how to halt the violence in Libya.Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse
August 27, 2014
Some of his earliest writing consisted of newspaper reports on the appalling condition of the non-European population in Algeria.Why Albert Camus Remains Controversial
October 20, 2013
There were nearly twice the number of settlers in Algeria as there are east of the Green Line and they were all evacuated.The Danger of Two-State Messianism
Ian S. Lustick
October 2, 2013
On August 29, the Pentagon announced that Hadjarab had been repatriated to Algeria.The Faces of Guantánamo
September 3, 2013
We winked at a coup that overturned free elections in Algeria in 1992.What Obama Should Have Said
August 15, 2013
This peanut-shell, as you call it, starts to-morrow morning for Algeria.
We go to Algeria; if you have any preparations to make, do so.
They were returning from a motor tour through Europe and Algeria.A Labrador Doctor</p>
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
She was the wife of a private soldier who'd been ordered off to Algeria somewhere.
"I hadn't thought of staying in Algeria," he answered her at last.
- a republic in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean: became independent in 1962, after more than a century of French rule; one-party constitution adopted in 1976; religious extremists led a campaign of violence from 1988 until 2000; consists chiefly of the N Sahara, with the Atlas Mountains in the north, and contains rich deposits of oil and natural gas. Official languages: Arabic and Berber; French also widely spoken. Religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Algiers. Pop: 38 087 812 (2013 est). Area: about 2 382 800 sq km (920 000 sq miles)French name: Algérie (alʒeri)
Word Origin and History for algeria
North African country, named for Algiers, city chosen by the French as its capital when they colonized it in 1830 + Latinate "country" suffix -ia. The city name is Arabic al-Jazair, literally "the islands," in reference to four islands formerly off the coast but joined to the mainland since 1525. A resident of the place formerly was an Algerine (1650s), and the word was practically synonymous with "pirate" in English and U.S. usage early 19c.