- a female given name.
Also Mal·vi·na [mal-vee-nuh, ‐vahy‐] /mælˈvi nə, ‐ˈvaɪ‐/.
- a self-governing British colony also claimed by Argentina: site of a war between the two nations in 1982. 4618 sq. mi. (11,961 sq. km).
Also called Falk·lands.Spanish Is·las Mal·vi·nas [eez-lahz mahl-vee-nahs] /ˈiz lɑz mɑlˈvi nɑs/.
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It is only Malvinas and women of that kind who are loved for their beauty.War and Peace
- Islas Malvinas (ˈizlas) the Argentine name for the Falkland Islands
- a group of over 100 islands in the S Atlantic: a UK Overseas Territory; invaded by Argentina, who had long laid claim to the islands, on 2 April 1982; recaptured by a British expeditionary force on 14 June 1982. Chief town: Stanley. Pop: 3140 (2008 est). Area: about 12 200 sq km (4700 sq miles)Spanish name: Islas Malvinas
Word Origin and History for malvinas
Argentine name for the Falkland Islands, from French Malouins, name for inhabitants of the French city of St. Malo, who attempted a colony there in 1764 under Louis-Antoine de Bougainville.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The islands, under British rule, were seized by Argentina in 1982, but were retaken by Britain.
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