- a republic in NE Africa, on the Red Sea: Italian colony 1890–1941; province of Ethiopia 1962–93; independent since 1993. 47,076 sq. mi. (121,927 sq. km). Capital: Asmara.
Examples from the Web for eritrean
The daughter of an Eritrean refugee, Girma has an impressive resume: In 2013, she was named a White House “Champion of Change.”TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That
November 5, 2014
In the U.S., undocumented immigrants from Mexico are “illegals”; in Israel, Eritrean refugees are “infiltrators.”After Fleeing War and Genocide, African Refugees in Israel March for Freedom
December 19, 2013
“I receive 400 Egyptian pounds of financial assistance per month,” says the Eritrean survivor in his testimony.New Report Exposes Trafficking Rings in Egypt’s Sinai
December 12, 2013
We were the only outside journalists at the front to document the Eritrean victory.Witnessing the Decisive Battle of the Eritrean War of Independence
May 20, 2013
Israel has granted entry to two Eritrean women and a 14-year-old boy who were stuck on the Israel-Egypt border for eight days.Strangers in a Strange Land
Emily L. Hauser
September 7, 2012
- of or relating to Eritrea or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Eritrea
- a small country in NE Africa, on the Red Sea: became an Italian colony in 1890; federated with Ethiopia (1952–93); an independence movement was engaged in war with the Ethiopian government from 1961 until independence was gained in 1993; consists of hot and arid coastal lowlands, rising to the foothills of the Ethiopian highlands. Languages: Tigrinya, Arabic, English, Afar, and others. Religions: Muslim and Christian. Currency: nakfa. Capital: Asmara. Pop: 6 233 682 (2013 est). Area: 117 400 sq km (45 300 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for eritrean
named 1890 when it was an Italian colony, from Mare Erythreum, Roman name of the Red Sea, from Greek Erythre Thalassa, literally "Red Sea" (to the Greeks also including the Gulf of Arabia and the Indian Ocean), from erythros "red" (see red (1)).
Country in northeastern Africa bordered by Sudan to the north and west, Ethiopia to the south, Djibouti to the southeast, and the Red Sea to the east. Its capital is Asmara. After a long struggle, Eritrea declared its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. A border conflict with Ethiopia flared between 1998 and 2000.