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[an-dawr-uh, -dor-uh; Spanish ahn-dawr-rah]
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  1. a republic in the E Pyrenees between France and Spain, under the joint suzerainty of France and the Spanish Bishop of Urgel. 191 sq. mi. (495 sq. km).
  2. Also called An·dor·ra la Ve·lla [Catalan. ahn-dawr-rah lah ve-lyah] /Catalan. ɑnˈdɔr rɑ lɑ ˈvɛ lyɑ/. a city in and the capital of this republic.
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French An·dorre [ahn-dawr] /ɑ̃ˈdɔr/.
Related formsAn·dor·ran, adjective, noun
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  • Andorra opened the folder, taking out a few sheets of paper.


    Everett B. Cole

  • Things are not so uncivilized in Andorra as one might think!

  • What's that old republic up in the Pyrenees somewhere—Andorra?


    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • But, answered the Opposition, Andorra has neither lakes nor navigable rivers.

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    Grant Allen

  • The Opposition—that is to say, the Empress's party—objected that Andorra had no seaboard.

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British Dictionary definitions for andorra


  1. a mountainous principality in SW Europe, between France and Spain: according to tradition, given independence by Charlemagne in the 9th century for helping to fight the Moors; placed under the joint sovereignty of the Comte de Foix and the Spanish bishop of Urgel in 1278; under the joint overlordship of the French head of state and the bishop of Urgel from the 16th century; adopted a constitution reducing the powers of the overlords in 1993. Languages: Catalan (official), French, and Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: euro. Capital: Andorra la Vella. Pop: 85 293 (2013 est). Area: 464 sq km (179 sq miles)Official name: Principat d'Andorra
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Word Origin and History for andorra


probably from indigenous (Navarrese) andurrial "shrub-covered land."

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