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San José

[sahn haw-se] /ˌsɑn hɔˈsɛ/
a city in and the capital of Costa Rica, in the central part.

Costa Rica

[kos-tuh ree-kuh, kaw-stuh, koh-; Spanish kaws-tah ree-kah] /ˈkɒs tə ˈri kə, ˈkɔ stə, ˈkoʊ-; Spanish ˈkɔs tɑ ˈri kɑ/
a republic in Central America, between Panama and Nicaragua. 19,238 sq. mi. (49,825 sq. km).
Capital: San José.
Related forms
Costa Rican, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for San José
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  • Lime-sulfur wash is an excellent material to use against sucking insects, such as the San José scale and other armored scales.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • The college of San José gives instruction in medicine and pharmacy.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • The expedition commanded by San José now arrived in Ireland.

  • It is a hundred and three miles from Limon to San José by rail.

  • An hour's ride brought us in sight of the ruins of the San José copper mines, on the side of the mountain.

    Overland Tales Josephine Clifford
  • If your outfitter does not know of it, tell him it is made at San José, California.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • This mission is not so extensive in its buildings as that of San José, but the houses are generally in better repair.

  • At San José a period of only four months for such a purpose was immediately.

    Returning Home Anthony Trollope
  • After a delightful week spent in San José we prepared to return to Limon.

  • For the last four days the rain had ceased,—had ceased at any rate at San José.

    Returning Home Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for San José

San José

/Spanish saŋ xoˈse/
the capital of Costa Rica, on the central plateau: a major centre of coffee production in the mid-19th century; University of Costa Rica (1843). Pop: 1 145 000 (2005 est)

Costa Rica

/ˈkɒstə ˈriːkə/
a republic in Central America: gained independence from Spain in 1821; mostly mountainous and volcanic, with extensive forests. Official language: Spanish. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: colón. Capital: San José. Pop: 4 695 942 (2013 est). Area: 50 900 sq km (19 652 sq miles)

San Jose

/ˌsæn həʊˈzeɪ/
a city in W central California: a leading world centre of the fruit drying and canning industry. Pop: 898 349 (2003 est)
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San José in Culture

Costa Rica definition

Republic in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east, Panama to the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west. Its capital and largest city is San José.

Note: One of the most politically stable countries of Latin America; Costa Rica is traditionally very democratic. It has a literacy rate of over ninety percent.
San Jose [(san hoh-zay, san oh-zay)]

A city in northern California.

Note: Center for the electronics and high-tech industries. (See Silicon Valley.)
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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