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[uh-zawrz, uh-zohrz, ey-zawrz, ey-zohrz]
noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. a group of islands in the N Atlantic, W of Portugal: politically part of Portugal. 890 sq. mi. (2305 sq. km).
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Related formsA·zo·re·an, A·zo·ri·an [uh-zawr-ee-uh n, -zohr-] /əˈzɔr i ən, -ˈzoʊr-/, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for azores

Historical Examples of azores

  • At four o'clock they were on the high seas, heading for the Azores.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • The Congress at Vienna had decreed his transportation to the Azores.

  • We are now in latitude 39° 16', about due east of the Azores.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World

    The Son of Samuel Smiles

  • I have written to ask Sclater, also about birds of Madeira and Azores.

  • The Azores ought, too, to have shown more connection with America.

British Dictionary definitions for azores


pl n
  1. the Azores three groups of volcanic islands in the N Atlantic, since 1976 an autonomous region of Portugal. Capital: Ponta Delgada (on São Miguel). Pop: 241 762 (2001). Area: 2335 sq km (901 sq miles)Portuguese name: Açores
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azores in Culture


[(ay-zawrz, uh-zawrz)]

Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, west of mainland Portugal, belonging to Portugal.

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Strategically located on transatlantic air and shipping routes.
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