- a British crown colony comprising a fortress and seaport located on a narrow promontory near the S tip of Spain. 1.875 sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
- Rock of.
- Ancient Calpe.a long, precipitous mountain nearly coextensive with this colony: one of the Pillars of Hercules. 1,396 feet (426 meters) high; 2.5 miles (4 km) long.
- any person or thing that has strength and endurance that can be relied on.
- Strait of, a strait between Europe and Africa at the Atlantic entrance to the Mediterranean. 8.5–23 miles (14–37 km) wide.
- any impregnable fortress or stronghold.
Examples from the Web for gibraltar
Walk to Gibraltar across the border at La Línea in Spain (74 miles east of Malaga).Catch Beatles Fever! Ten Essential Travel Destinations for Beatlemaniacs
January 3, 2014
“This is much more than a traffic jam at the border,” Dominique Searle, editor of the Gibraltar Chronicle told The Daily Beast.
“Hell will freeze over before Gibraltar removes the concrete,” Picardo insisted.
In recent years, a slew of online gambling companies have relocated from the United Kingdom to Gibraltar to enjoy the lower taxes.
Home to 30,000 British citizens, Gibraltar would be a way to hit the United Kingdom via the back door.Unraveling Al Qaeda’s Plot Against Spain
August 7, 2012
In January we sailed, making the best of our way for the straits of Gibraltar.
We lay-to off the Cape two days, and then ran into Gibraltar, and anchored.
Looking about me, I found a brig called the Hippomenes, bound to Gibraltar, and back.
Jacob was going out to Gibraltar in the course of the next week.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Thus Spain lost Gibraltar, and she has never been able to recover it since.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- City of Gibraltar a city on the Rock of Gibraltar, a limestone promontory at the tip of S Spain: settled by Moors in 711 and taken by Spain in 1462; ceded to Britain in 1713; a British crown colony (1830–1969), still politically associated with Britain; a naval and air base of strategic importance. Pop: 29 111 (2013 est). Area: 6.5 sq km (2.5 sq miles)Ancient name: Calpe
- Strait of Gibraltar a narrow strait between the S tip of Spain and the NW tip of Africa, linking the Mediterranean with the Atlantic
Word Origin and History for gibraltar
1590s, ancient Calpe, captured 710 C.E. by Saracen leader Tariq, renamed Jebel el Tarik "the Mountain of Tarik," hence the English name. A British possession since 1704. Figurative of impregnability by 1856.