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[kee-taw] /ˈki tɔ/
a city in and the capital of Ecuador, in the N part. 9348 feet (2849 meters) above sea level.


[ek-wuh-dawr] /ˈɛk wəˌdɔr/
a republic in NW South America. 109,483 sq. mi. (283,561 sq. km).
Capital: Quito.
Related forms
Ecuadoran, Ecuadorean, Ecuadorian, adjective, noun
pro-Ecuador, adjective Unabridged
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  • Rohjas Salced, making a forced march from Quito, raised the siege.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • In the meantime I should say that my mother had rejoined my father at Quito.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • Had they been seized and carried off to Quito, or had they made their escape?

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • Under his management the tribes as far north as Quito were reduced to tribute.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • It is situated on the river Curasari, 30 leagues from its mouth, and 240 from Quito.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • From Quito to Cuzco every Indian would give all he possessed to conciliate him.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • The great road from Quito to Chili, for instance, is built chiefly of stone.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
British Dictionary definitions for Quito


/ˈkiːtəʊ; Spanish ˈkito/
the capital of Ecuador, in the north at an altitude of 2850 m (9350 ft), just south of the equator: the oldest capital in South America, existing many centuries before the Incan conquest in 1487; a cultural centre since the beginning of Spanish rule (1534); two universities. Pop: 1 514 000 (2005 est)


a republic in South America, on the Pacific: under the Incas when Spanish colonization began in 1532; gained independence in 1822; declared a republic in 1830. It consists chiefly of a coastal plain in the west, separated from the densely forested upper Amazon basin (Oriente) by ranges and plateaus of the Andes. Official language: Spanish; Quechua is also widely spoken. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Quito. Pop: 15 439 429 (2013 est). Area: 283 560 sq km (109 483 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Quito


from the Spanish form of equator (which runs through it). Before 1830 the region bore the name of its chief city, Quito, which is from the name of a now-extinct native people, of unknown meaning. Related: Ecuadorian; Ecuadorean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Quito in Culture
Ecuador [(ek-wuh-dawr)]

Republic in western South America, bordered by Colombia to the north, Peru to the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its landscape is dominated by the Andes. Quito is its capital, and Guayaquil is its largest city.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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