- a city in and the capital of Madagascar, in the central part.
- an island republic in the Indian Ocean, about 240 miles (385 km) off the SE coast of Africa: formerly a French colony; gained independence 1960. 227,800 sq. mi. (590,000 sq. km). Capital: Antananarivo.
Examples from the Web for antananarivo
She ordered the captives to be chained and sent off at once to Antananarivo.The Fugitives
They have built a magnificent cathedral, which is the glory and pride of Antananarivo.Shadow and Light
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
She was told that, at Antananarivo, about three hundred people were killed by lightning every year.The Story of Ida Pfeiffer
Madame Pfeiffer, and the other six Europeans then in Antananarivo, were ordered to quit the capital immediately.Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century
W. H. Davenport Adams
Their capital city of Antananarivo, in the center of the island, is a well-built city of over 100,000 inhabitants.
- the capital of Madagascar, on the central plateau: founded in the 17th century by a Hova chief; university (1961). Pop: 1 808 000 (2005 est)Former name: Tananarive
- an island republic in the Indian Ocean, off the E coast of Africa: made a French protectorate in 1895; became autonomous in 1958 and fully independent in 1960; contains unique flora and fauna. Languages: Malagasy and French. Religions: animist and Christian. Currency: franc. Capital: Antananarivo. Pop: 22 599 098 (2013 est). Area: 587 041 sq km (266 657 sq miles)Official name (since 1975): Democratic Republic of Madagascar Former name (1958–75): Malagasy Republic
Word Origin and History for antananarivo
large island off the east coast of Africa, from Mogadishu, the name of the city in Somalia, due to an error by Marco Polo in reading Arabic, whereby he thought the name was that of the island. There is no indigenous name for the whole island. Related: Madagascan.