- Ancient Geography. the part of N Africa W of Egypt.
- Italian Libia. a republic in N Africa between Tunisia and Egypt: formerly a monarchy 1951–69. 679,400 sq. mi. (1,759,646 sq. km). Capital: Tripoli.
Examples from the Web for libya
The safety of American personnel at the American consulate in Libya was undermined by a “stand down order.”Congress Debunks Congress’s Nuttiest Benghazi Theories
November 26, 2014
Maybe giving Deborah K. Jones, our Ambassador to Libya, a 9mm SIG Sauer and a pair of nunchucks.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
“The recruits will be returning to Libya in the coming days,” a spokesman said.Libyan Troops Go Wild in England
November 4, 2014
“The influx is due to a number of factors, starting with the lack of control in Libya,” he said.Britain’s Let-Em-All-Die Policy
Nico Hines, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 1, 2014
Before Matthew VanDyke was a gun-toting rebel in Libya, he was just a 29-year-old with OCD, afraid of sugar.‘Point and Shoot’ Captures the Birth of a Warrior on Film
October 31, 2014
Informed of this, he went on his way toward Libya and Egypt.
Over yonder, in some distant region of Libya, they had been fledged in masses.An Iceland Fisherman
Thence we came to the great river Lixus, which flows from Libya.History of Phoenicia
They went to Pharsalia, and Cato marched across the deserts of Libya.The Life of Cicero
We became masters of the dry Libya by the last will of king Apion.The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus
- a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: became an Italian colony in 1912; divided after World War II into Tripolitania and Cyrenaica (under British administration) and Fezzan (under French); gained independence in 1951; monarchy overthrown by a military junta led by Colonel Gaddafi in 1969; Gaddafi's authoritarian regime overthrown in 2011 following a popular uprising. It consists almost wholly of desert and is a major exporter of oil. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: Libyan dinar. Capital: Tripoli. Pop: 6 002 347 (2013 est). Area: 1 760 000 sq km (680 000 sq miles)Official name: Al-Jumhuria al-Arabia al-Libya ash-Shabiya al-Ishtirakiya al-Uzma
Word Origin and History for libya
north African nation, an ancient name, attested in heiroglyphics from 2000 B.C.E., of unknown origin. In Greek use, sometimes meaning all of Africa. Related: Libyan.