- a seaport in and the capital of Malta, on the NE coast.
- an island in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Africa. 95 sq. mi. (246 sq. km).
- a former British colony consisting of this island and two small adjacent islands: now an independent sovereign state and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 122 sq. mi. (316 sq. km). Capital: Valletta.
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Examples from the Web for valletta
I think Valletta is quite enjoyable, particularly in winter, with the opera.Aaron's Rod
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Malta is particularly beautiful when seen from the Valletta side.
It is called the "old city" to distinguish it from Valletta, the modern capital.
It was the capital of the island till its supersession by Valletta in 1570.
There is here a good depth of water, and the harbor is divided, somewhat like that of Valletta, by a promontory or tongue of land.
- the capital of Malta, on the NE coast: founded by the Knights Hospitallers, after the victory over the Turks in 1565; became a major naval base after Malta's annexation by Britain (1814). Pop: 84 000 (2005 est)
- a republic occupying the islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino, in the Mediterranean south of Sicily: governed by the Knights Hospitallers from 1530 until Napoleon's conquest in 1798; French driven out, with British help, 1800; became British dependency 1814; suffered severely in World War II; became independent in 1964 and a republic in 1974; joined the EU in 2004; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Maltese and English. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: euro (from January 2008 replacing the Maltese lira). Capital: Valletta. Pop: 411 277 (2013 est). Area: 316 sq km (122 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for valletta
Mediterranean island, from Latin Melite, perhaps from Phoenician melita, literally "place of refuge," from malat "he escaped."
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