- Spanish Habana. a seaport in and the capital of Cuba, on the NW coast.
- a cigar made in Cuba or of Cuban tobacco.
- a republic in the Caribbean, S of Florida: largest island in the West Indies. 44,218 sq. mi. (114,525 sq. km). Capital: Havana.
Examples from the Web for havana
In 1950, Serna earned his Ph.D. from the University of Havana, where he had befriended a classmate named Fidel Castro.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
“At least it keeps the mosquitoes away,” one of my table-mates said, as we watched the swooshes of smoke waft into the Havana sky.Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated
December 22, 2014
Nothing captures the exuberance and sensory experience of Havana quite like this.Book Bag: Great Books About Cuba
December 20, 2014
Lastly, the re-opening of diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington gives Brazil a chance to push for changes in Cuba.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
So in America, “Havana Club” is made by Bacardi in Puerto Rico and can be found in five states.Why Congress Hates Your Cuban Rum
December 19, 2014
Connecticut supplies all summer resorts with the finest Havana segars.
It is strictly a Spanish idea, which the author has often seen in Havana.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
Or you can take a trip with me to Havana till it blows over.
But over there they winked and chuckled at the judge, and they do the same in Havana at us.
He has climbed very high; he is a judge of the Marine Court at Havana.
- the capital of Cuba, a port in the northwest on the Gulf of Mexico: the largest city in the Caribbean; founded in 1514 as San Cristóbal de la Habana by Diego Velásquez. Pop: 2 192 000 (2005 est)Spanish name: Habana Related adjective: Habanero
- 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)
Word Origin and History for havana
Cuban capital city, founded 1514 by Diego Velázquez as San Cristóbal de la Habana "St. Christopher of the Habana," apparently the name of a local native people. The Spanish adjective form is Habanero. Meaning "cigar made in Havana" is by 1802.
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).