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[buh-leez] /bəˈliz/
Formerly British Honduras. a parliamentary democracy in N Central America: a former British crown colony; gained independence 1981. 8867 sq. mi. (22,966 sq. km).
Capital: Belmopan.
Also called Belize City. a seaport in and the main city of Belize.
a river flowing NE through Belize to the Gulf of Honduras. 180 miles (290 km) long.
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[buh-lee-zee-uh n] /bəˈli zi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Far better water than that which had been brought from Belize.

    Kate Bonnet Frank R. Stockton
  • Belize, the city to which the boys returned, is one of matchless beauty.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • One of the best mathematicians of the class of '91 is selling lottery tickets in Belize.

  • He had not told them why he had come, but gave them to understand that he was to sail to Belize with them.

    Forbidden Cargoes Roy J. Snell
  • We had therefore only the choice of running back to Belize, or fighting our way onward.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Belize


a state in Central America, on the Caribbean Sea: site of a Mayan civilization until the 9th century ad; colonized by the British from 1638; granted internal self-government in 1964; became an independent state within the Commonwealth in 1981. Official language: English; Carib and Spanish are also spoken. Currency: Belize dollar. Capital: Belmopan. Pop: 334 297 (2013 est). Area: 22 965 sq km (8867 sq miles) Former name (until 1973) British Honduras
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