- a seaport in and the capital of Sri Lanka, on the W coast.
- an island republic in the Indian Ocean, S of India: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 25,332 sq. mi. (65,610 sq. km). Capital: Colombo.
Examples from the Web for colombo
“[Colombo] sits like a baby next to Carl [Gambino] all the time,” DeCavalcante said.Jersey’s True-Life Tony Soprano: Meet the DeCavalcante Crime Family
June 21, 2013
The 2013 Chogm takes place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November.Queen FINALLY Eases Up On Workload And Will Cut Back On Long Haul Flights
May 7, 2013
A few weeks later the monks laid siege to a Muslim-owned abattoir in Colombo to halt the slaughter of cattle.What Intolerant Buddhist Monks Are Doing to Sri Lanka
April 12, 2013
Plus, a gallery of some of the blown covers, curated by Colombo.New Yorker Covers You Weren’t Meant to See
May 7, 2012
"If you file a claim for a million, then yes, when the clawback letter comes for a million, you can't lie," Colombo said.Sticking It to Madoff Victims
January 28, 2009
Colombo seems to be progressing, and to have benefited greatly by the railway.
Colombo seems to have grown and improved since we were here ten years ago.
The carts in Colombo are drawn by bullocks, and they have a very hard time of it.
The heat in Colombo is very great, and the roads are very dusty.
Colombo was a born fighter, and this news did not frighten him.Historic Boyhoods
Rupert Sargent Holland
- the capital and chief port of Sri Lanka, on the W coast, with one of the largest artificial harbours in the world. Pop: 653 000 (2005 est)
- a republic in S Asia, occupying the island of Ceylon: settled by the Sinhalese from S India in about 550 bc; became a British colony 1802; gained independence in 1948, becoming a republic within the Commonwealth in 1972. Exports include tea, cocoa, cinnamon, and copra. Official languages: Sinhalese and Tamil; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Hinayana Buddhist majority. Currency: Sri Lanka rupee. Capital: Colombo (administrative), Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative). Parts of the coast suffered badly in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Pop: 21 675 648 (2013 est). Area: 65 610 sq km (25 332 sq miles)Official name (since 1978): Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Former name (until 1972): Ceylon
Word Origin and History for colombo
large island southeast of India (known in English until 1972 as Ceylon), from Lanka, older name for the island and its chief city + Sanskrit sri "beauty" (especially of divinities, kings, heroes, etc.), also an honorific prefix to proper names, from PIE root *kreie- "to be outstanding, brilliant, masterly, beautiful" (cf. Greek kreon "lord, master").