Belize

[buh-leez]
noun
  1. Formerly British Honduras. a parliamentary democracy in N Central America: a former British crown colony; gained independence 1981. 8867 sq. mi. (22,966 sq. km). Capital: Belmopan.
  2. Also called Belize City. a seaport in and the main city of Belize.
  3. a river flowing NE through Belize to the Gulf of Honduras. 180 miles (290 km) long.
Related formsBe·li·ze·an [buh-lee-zee-uh n] /bəˈli zi ən/, adjective, noun
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  • Belize, the city to which the boys returned, is one of matchless beauty.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

  • He had not told them why he had come, but gave them to understand that he was to sail to Belize with them.

    Forbidden Cargoes

    Roy J. Snell

  • For a moment he considered turning about and heading for Belize.

    Forbidden Cargoes

    Roy J. Snell

  • That brig, full of choice mahogany logs, was taken near Belize.

    Commodore Junk

    George Manville Fenn

  • I have just learned that it is he by Dinny, who has returned from Belize.

    Commodore Junk

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for belize

Belize

noun
  1. a state in Central America, on the Caribbean Sea: site of a Mayan civilization until the 9th century ad; colonized by the British from 1638; granted internal self-government in 1964; became an independent state within the Commonwealth in 1981. Official language: English; Carib and Spanish are also spoken. Currency: Belize dollar. Capital: Belmopan. Pop: 334 297 (2013 est). Area: 22 965 sq km (8867 sq miles)Former name (until 1973): British Honduras
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