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Valletta

[vuh-let-uh] /vəˈlɛt ə/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Malta, on the NE coast.

Malta

[mawl-tuh] /ˈmɔl tə/
noun
1.
an island in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Africa. 95 sq. mi. (246 sq. km).
2.
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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  • Of all these sieges the greatest is that of 1565, a year before the town of Valletta was laid out.

    The Mediterranean T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
  • I think Valletta is quite enjoyable, particularly in winter, with the opera.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • The forts of the harbor, however, form but a portion of the vast system of fortifications which completely surround Valletta.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • Malta is particularly beautiful when seen from the Valletta side.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • British ships of war visited Malta in 1675, and in 1688 a fleet under the duke of Grafton came to Valletta.

  • Thus Valletta has little significance to the world at large, while Malta is familiar enough.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • It was early in March when the author first landed at Valletta, a most propitious date for a first impression.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • 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 Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • The small Sicilian traders are accustomed to come hither in their light draught boats rather than to land at Valletta.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • These suburbs are the residence of an humbler class of the community than those who live in Valletta.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for Valletta

Valletta

/vəˈlɛtə/
noun
1.
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)

Malta

/ˈmɔːltə/
noun
1.
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

Malta

Mediterranean island, from Latin Melite, perhaps from Phoenician melita, literally "place of refuge," from malat "he escaped."

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Valletta in Culture
Malta [(mawl-tuh)]

Republic in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, made up of five small islands.

Note: Malta, strategically located, has belonged to a succession of civilizations, including the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. In 1800, the British established control of Malta, which, since its independence in 1964, has continued to maintain close ties with Britain.
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