- a seaport in and the capital of Algeria, in the N part.
- one of the former Barbary States in N Africa: now modern Algeria.
- a republic in NW Africa: formerly comprised 13 departments of France; gained independence 1962. 919,352 sq. mi. (2,381,122 sq. km). Capital: Algiers.
Examples from the Web for algiers
The police state system that propped up dictators from Algiers to Islamabad for decades was unsustainable.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
“People are now planting bombs in the tramways of Algiers,” he said in 1957, when he was in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize.Why Albert Camus Remains Controversial
October 20, 2013
We fought our first foreign war in Algiers to defeat the Barbary pirates.
They avoid the public limelight and are known in Algiers as le pouvoir, the power behind the scenes.
John Kerry can expect many more trips to Algiers in his time as secretary of state.
I didn't come on at Algiers, so I don't know anything about it.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He compelled Algiers to prevent her pirates from preying upon our commerce.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
Dispersion of the armament against Algiers by stress of weather.
He knew that if he returned to Algiers there would be a speedy end to him.
Assuredly there was no room for both of them in the Bashalik of Algiers.
- the capital of Algeria, an ancient port on the Mediterranean; until 1830 a centre of piracy. Pop: 3 260 000 (2005 est)Arabic name: Al-Jezair (ˌældʒɛˈzɑːɪə) French name: Alger (alʒe)
- a republic in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean: became independent in 1962, after more than a century of French rule; one-party constitution adopted in 1976; religious extremists led a campaign of violence from 1988 until 2000; consists chiefly of the N Sahara, with the Atlas Mountains in the north, and contains rich deposits of oil and natural gas. Official languages: Arabic and Berber; French also widely spoken. Religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Algiers. Pop: 38 087 812 (2013 est). Area: about 2 382 800 sq km (920 000 sq miles)French name: Algérie (alʒeri)
Word Origin and History for algiers
North African country, named for Algiers, city chosen by the French as its capital when they colonized it in 1830 + Latinate "country" suffix -ia. The city name is Arabic al-Jazair, literally "the islands," in reference to four islands formerly off the coast but joined to the mainland since 1525. A resident of the place formerly was an Algerine (1650s), and the word was practically synonymous with "pirate" in English and U.S. usage early 19c.