or C.I.A.


Central Intelligence Agency: the U.S. federal agency that coordinates governmental intelligence activities outside the United States.


Origin of Cia.

From the Spanish word Compañía Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cia

Contemporary Examples of cia

Historical Examples of cia

  • There were first the letters "cia," followed by the name "Ford."

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • Official people have a lot of confidence in CIA; too much, in my estimation.


    James Benjamin Blish

  • The CIA man grunted as they went to the doorway and left the general's office.

    The Next Logical Step

    Benjamin William Bova

  • The CIA man was familiar with the opening stages of the war.

    The Next Logical Step

    Benjamin William Bova

  • The chief town, called Cia, has not less than eight markets.

British Dictionary definitions for cia


abbreviation for

Central Intelligence Agency; a federal US bureau created in 1947 to coordinate and conduct espionage and intelligence activities
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Word Origin and History for cia


U.S. civilian espionage agency, initialism of Central Intelligence Agency, founded 1947 as successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

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