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[too-nee-zhuh, -shuh, -nizh-uh, -nish-uh, tyoo-] /tuˈni ʒə, -ʃə, -ˈnɪʒ ə, -ˈnɪʃ ə, tyu-/
a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: a French protectorate until 1956. 48,330 sq. mi. (125,175 sq. km).
Capital: Tunis.
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Tunisian, adjective, noun
pro-Tunisian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • In an evil hour the King was persuaded to attack the tunisian Caliph.

  • They were talking about the tunisian ambassadors and their costumes.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • On the second occasion, I saw the lakes, and a solitary tunisian sentinel.

    Notes in North Africa W. G. Windham
  • Leather footstools, covered with tunisian thread-work, lay beside them.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • She is not a damsel to take a siesta with a tunisian rover prowling about in her neighborhood.

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for tunisian


/tjuːˈnɪzɪən; -ˈnɪsɪən/
of or relating to Tunisia or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Tunisia


/tjuːˈnɪzɪə; -ˈnɪsɪə/
a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: settled by the Phoenicians in the 12th century bc; made a French protectorate in 1881 and gained independence in 1955. It consists chiefly of the Sahara in the south, a central plateau, and the Atlas Mountains in the north. Exports include textiles, petroleum, and phosphates. Official language: Arabic; French is also widely spoken. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Tunis. Pop: 10 835 873 (2013 est). Area: 164 150 sq km (63 380 sq miles)
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tunisian in Culture

Tunisia definition

Republic in northwestern Africa, bordered by Algeria to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east, and Libya to the southeast.

Note: In the sixth century b.c., Tunisia became the center of power for the city of Carthage.
Note: Tunisia was a French protectorate from 1881 to 1956, when it achieved independence.
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