- a city in and the capital of Ecuador, in the N part. 9348 feet (2849 meters) above sea level.
- a republic in NW South America. 109,483 sq. mi. (283,561 sq. km). Capital: Quito.
Examples from the Web for quito
He attributed “exclusive” responsibility for the collapse of the preservation initiative to the government in Quito.Is Rafael Correa the Next Hugo Chavez?
August 22, 2013
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is not exactly on the Elizabeth Arden circuit for the leisure, jet-setting crowd.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?
June 26, 2013
That may be one of the big reasons why the Australian decided to appeal his case to Quito.Julian Assange’s Asylum Gamble: End of the Wikileaks Saga?
July 5, 2012
Rohjas Salced, making a forced march from Quito, raised the siege.A Son Of The Sun
In the meantime I should say that my mother had rejoined my father at Quito.
Had they been seized and carried off to Quito, or had they made their escape?
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
- 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)
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.