[kyoo-buh; Spanish koo-vah]
- a republic in the Caribbean, S of Florida: largest island in the West Indies. 44,218 sq. mi. (114,525 sq. km). Capital: Havana.
- a female day name for Wednesday.See under day name.
- (formerly, especially in creole-speaking cultures) a name given at birth to a black child, in accordance with African customs, indicating the child's sex and the day of the week on which he or she was born, as the male and female names for Sunday (Quashee and Quasheba), Monday (Cudjo or Cudjoe and Juba), Tuesday (Cubbena and Beneba), Wednesday (Quaco and Cuba or Cubba), Thursday (Quao and Abba), Friday (Cuffee or Cuffy and Pheba or Phibbi), and Saturday (Quamin or Quame and Mimba).
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Examples from the Web for cuba
This past February, another member, Fernando Gonzalez, was sent back to Cuba.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
I am not the first or last person to document the hip-hop scene in Cuba.
They wanted to know everything about New York and we wanted to know everything about Cuba.
And now Reggaeton is king in Cuba as it is in most of the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, Edgar had returned to Cuba after that 2001 tour and continued to make music.
Mrs. Brooks died at Patricio, in Cuba, near the close of December, 1844.
While on the coast of Cuba, Pinzon, the commander of the Pinta, deserted him.
He set off in search of this, and came upon a land the natives called Cuba.
Poor Cuba, with her wonderful climate and richness of soil, has suffered.
There is a good deal of talk in the newspapers about the annexation of Cuba.
- a republic and the largest island in the Caribbean, at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico: became a Spanish colony after its discovery by Columbus in 1492; gained independence after the Spanish-American War of 1898 but remained subject to US influence until declared a people's republic under Castro in 1960; subject of an international crisis in 1962, when the US blockaded the island in order to compel the Soviet Union to dismantle its nuclear missile base. Sugar comprises about 80 per cent of total exports; the economy was badly affected by loss of trade following the collapse of the Soviet Union and by the continuing US trade embargo. Language: Spanish. Religion: nonreligious majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Havana. Pop: 11 061 886 (2013 est). Area: 110 922 sq km (42 827 sq miles)
- Western African a name indicating a person's day of birth
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Word Origin and History for cuba
said to be from Taino (Arawakan) Cubanacan, the name of the people who occupied the island. Related: Cuban (1829), Cuban heel (1908); Cuban Missile Crisis (October 16-28, 1962).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The sinking of the United States battleship Maine in Havana harbor led to the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Fidel Castro took control of the Cuban government in 1959. The United States broke off relations with Cuba in 1961, after Castro exhibited strong left-wing leanings, established a system of military justice, and confiscated American investments in banks, industries, and land. Cuba then formed a close attachment to the Soviet Union.
The Cuban missile crisis of 1962 occurred as a result of a Soviet buildup of medium-range missiles (capable of striking targets in the United States) in Cuba.
In 1980, Cuban refugees began pouring into the United States when Castro allowed free emigration.
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