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[bar-suh-loh-nuh; Spanish bahr-the-law-nah] /ˌbær səˈloʊ nə; Spanish ˌbɑr θɛˈlɔ nɑ/
a seaport in NE Spain, on the Mediterranean. Unabridged
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the chief port of Spain, on the NE Mediterranean coast: seat of the Republican government during the Civil War (1936–39); the commercial capital of Spain. Pop: 1 582 738 (2003 est) Ancient name Barcino (bɑːˈsiːnəʊ)
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Word Origin and History for Barcelona

city in Spain, said to have been named for Carthaginian general Hamlicar Barca, who is supposed to have founded it 3c. B.C.E.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Barcelona definition

City in northeastern Spain on the Mediterranean Sea; the second-largest city of Spain, after Madrid, its largest port, and its chief industrial and commercial center.

Note: Capital of the region of Catalonia, and long a stronghold of movements for Catalan independence, Barcelona has also been a center for radical political beliefs, including anarchism and socialism.
Note: Barcelona hosted the 1992 summer Olympic Games.
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