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San Salvador

[san sal-vuh-dawr; Spanish sahn sahl-vah-th awr] /sæn ˈsæl vəˌdɔr; Spanish sɑn ˌsɑl vɑˈðɔr/
Also called Watling Island. an island in the E central Bahamas: long held to be the first land in the New World sighted by Christopher Columbus 1492. 60 sq. mi. (155 sq. km).
Compare Samana Cay.
a city in and the capital of El Salvador.

El Salvador

[el sal-vuh-dawr; Spanish el sahl-vah-th awr] /ɛl ˈsæl vəˌdɔr; Spanish ɛl ˌsɑl vɑˈðɔr/
a republic in NW Central America. 13,176 sq. mi. (34,125 sq. km).
Capital: San Salvador.
Also called Salvador. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for San Salvador
Historical Examples
  • So Columbus and his followers visited this new island of San Salvador.

  • So we upped anchor with the morning tide, and set all sail for San Salvador.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • He was born in San Salvador, and is about fifty-two years of age.

  • San Salvador Island, discovered and named by Columbus, 8, 10.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • Nicaragua, Honduras, and San Salvador have recently confederated.

  • We had done this on every considerable island since San Salvador and now twice on this coast.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • None were great islands, many far smaller than San Salvador.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • Do you see them, from San Salvador onward and everywhere,—Spanish cities?

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • The San Salvador does not leave her dock until eleven at the earliest.

  • One of them, San Salvador, is said to be the first land discovered by Columbus in 1492.

    Nautilus Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for San Salvador

San Salvador

/sæn ˈsælvəˌdɔː; Spanish san salβaˈðɔr/
the capital of El Salvador, situated in the SW central part: became capital in 1841; ruined by earthquakes in 1854 and 1873; university (1841). Pop: 1 472 000 (2005 est)

El Salvador

/ɛl ˈsælvəˌdɔː/
a republic in Central America, on the Pacific: colonized by the Spanish from 1524; declared independence in 1841, becoming a republic in 1856. It consists of coastal lowlands rising to a central plateau. Coffee constitutes over a third of the total exports. Official language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: San Salvador. Pop: 6 108 590 (2013 est). Area: 21 393 sq km (8236 sq miles)
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San Salvador in Culture

San Salvador definition

Capital of El Salvador and the largest city in the country, located in central El Salvador.

Note: The city has suffered from recurrent and severe earthquakes.

El Salvador definition

Republic on the Pacific coast of Central America, bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the north and east by Honduras, and to the south by the Pacific Ocean. San Salvador is its capital and largest city.

Note: Torn by civil unrest and characterized by guerrilla warfare and terrorism (which has included the murder of American civilians), El Salvador became in the 1980s a controversial focus of an American foreign policy that sought to protect American interests in Central America. Unrest eased in the 1990s.
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