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

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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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