- a republic in SE South America. 72,172 sq. mi. (186,925 sq. km). Capital: Montevideo.
- a river in SE South America, flowing from S Brazil along the boundary of E Argentina into the Río de la Plata. 981 miles (1580 km) long.
Examples from the Web for uruguay
This is the Mexico that has been called a “failed state” — most recently by Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the president of Uruguay.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
The rift put Washington at odds with countries like Brazil, Uruguay or Chile, which seemed to have come to terms with their past.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
So, an amendment was proposed—formally put forward by Uruguay—that would acknowledge that “various forms of the family exist.”At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style
June 26, 2014
If one word—soccer (or football)—sums up Uruguay, two words—Luis Suárez—capture the potency of the Uruguayan game.
So going into this game against Uruguay, there was none of the usual English self-deprecation.
The principal roads of Uruguay were built between 1865 and 1875.The Railroad Question
Perhaps Uruguay, though the smallest of all the states, should be placed after Argentina.Up To Date Business
East of the Uruguay, between it and the Atlantic, is the republic of Uruguay.The Western World
Thence he had passed into Uruguay, and become a teacher of mathematics in Montevideo.
Garibaldi, services in war between Argentine and Uruguay, 93.
- a republic in South America, on the Atlantic: Spanish colonization began in 1624, followed by Portuguese settlement in 1680; revolted against Spanish rule in 1820 but was annexed by the Portuguese to Brazil; gained independence in 1825. It consists mainly of rolling grassy plains, low hills, and plateaus. Official language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Montevideo. Pop: 3 324 460 (2013 est). Area: 176 215 sq km (68 037 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for uruguay
country named for river that flows past it, which is from a native name in an extinct language, said to represent uru "bird" + guay "tail," perhaps a reference to some totemic animal.