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[speyn] /speɪn/
a kingdom in SW Europe. Including the Balearic and Canary islands, 194,988 sq. mi. (505,019 sq. km).
Capital: Madrid.
Spanish España.
Related forms
anti-Spain, adjective
pro-Spain, adjective Unabridged
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  • But in Spain, the dollar goes as far as the pound in England.

  • And now, Tiphaine, tell us what will come of this war in Spain.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I had thought that you were in Spain with the valiant Henry of Trastamare.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But if he trended to the south he might reach Spain and the Barbary States.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • To a gentle loose, and the King of Spain for a mark at fourteen score!

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for Spain


a kingdom of SW Europe, occupying the Iberian peninsula between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: a leading European power in the 16th century, with many overseas possessions, esp in the New World; became a republic in 1931; under the fascist dictatorship of Franco following the Civil War (1936–39) until his death in 1975; a member of the European Union. It consists chiefly of a central plateau (the Meseta), with the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian Mountains in the north and the Sierra Nevada in the south. Official language: Castilian Spanish, with Catalan, Galician, and Basque official regional languages. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Madrid. Pop: 47 370 542 (2013 est). Area: 504 748 sq km (194 883 sq miles) Spanish name España
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Word Origin and History for Spain

c.1200, from Anglo-French Espayne, from Late Latin Spania, from Latin Hispania (see Spaniard). The usual Old English form was Ispania.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Spain in Culture

Spain definition

Constitutional monarchy in southwestern Europe, consisting of the Spanish mainland (bordered to the northwest by France and to the west by Portugal), the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital and largest city is Madrid.

Note: During the sixteenth century, Spain was the greatest world power. Its success was based partially on the riches it acquired in the New World (see Latin America and South America).
Note: The destruction of the Spanish Armada, a fleet sent to conquer England in 1588, marked the beginning of the decline of Spanish power.
Note: In the Spanish-American War, the United States defeated Spain, freed Cuba from Spanish colonial rule, and seized a number of former Spanish colonies, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.
Note: In the Spanish Civil War, conservatives led by General Francisco Franco overthrew the second Spanish Republic.
Note: The Spanish monarchy was fully restored in 1975 after Franco's death. He had been dictator (see dictatorship) for thirty-six years.
Note: Under King Juan Carlos, Spain has established a political democracy and has been integrated into the European community.
Note: Bullfighting is a popular spectator sport in Spain.
Note: Basque separatists have carried out many acts of terrorism against Spain.
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Idioms and Phrases with Spain
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