[hon-doo r-uh s, -dyoo r-; Spanish awn-doo-rahs]


a republic in NE Central America. 43,277 sq. mi. (112,087 sq. km). Capital: Tegucigalpa.
Gulf of, an arm of the Caribbean Sea, bordered by Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Related formsHon·du·ran, Hon·du·ra·ne·an, Hon·du·ra·ni·an [hon-duh-rey-nee-uh n] /ˌhɒn dəˈreɪ ni ən/, adjective, nounpro-Hon·du·ran, adjective, noun
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a republic in Central America: an early centre of Mayan civilization; colonized by the Spanish from 1524 onwards; gained independence in 1821. Official language: Spanish; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: lempira. Capital: Tegucigalpa. Pop: 8 448 465 (2013 est). Area: 112 088 sq km (43 277 sq miles)
Gulf of Honduras an inlet of the Caribbean, on the coasts of Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize
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Spanish, literally "the depths," probably in reference to coastal waters on the east side. Said to have been called that by Columbus in 1524. Related: Honduran.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

honduras in Culture


Republic in Central America, bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Nicaragua to the east and south, El Salvador and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Guatemala to the west. Its capital and largest city is Tegucigalpa.

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