[ mee-uhn-mahr, myahn-mahr ]
/ ˈmi ən mɑr, ˈmyɑn mɑr /
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a country in Southeast Asia, bordering on the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal; area 262, 000 sq. mi. (678,500 sq. km). Capital:Nay Pyi Taw.
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Official name Re·pub·lic of the Un·ion of Myan·mar [ri-puhb-likuhvthuh-yoon-yuhnuhv mee-uhn-mahr, myahn-mahr] /rɪˈpʌb lɪk əv ðə ˈyun yən əv ˈmi ən mɑr, ˈmyɑn mɑr/ . Former official name Un·ion of Bur·ma [yoon-yuhnuhv bur-muh] /ˈyun yən əv ˈbɜr mə/ .
usage note for Myanmar
Due to a history of political and civil unrest, the official name of this country has been the subject of controversy. In 1989 the ruling military government changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar. The United Nations as well as almost all news organizations—including The New York Times, the Associated Press, and the BBC—adopted the new name. However, many pro-democracy groups and opponents of the government, both in-country and internationally, rejected the new name as illegitimate and continue to refer to the country as Burma. Both the U.S. Department of State and the CIA (for example, in its authoritative World Factbook ), as a matter of policy in support of democratic change, also continue to refer to the country as Burma.
Words nearby Myanmar
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How to use Myanmar in a sentence
Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy|David Shaftel|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Did you visit Myanmar, which is one of the other main settings?The Author Of The Summer's Hit Paranoid Fantasy Opens Up|William O’Connor|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I traveled in Myanmar for a few weeks with a journalist friend in 2006, and it kind of blew my mind.The Author Of The Summer's Hit Paranoid Fantasy Opens Up|William O’Connor|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was pursued by law-enforcement officials from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and China.How China Used Drones to Capture a Notorious Burmese Drug Lord|Brendon Hong|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He joined the Muang Tai Army, a former resistance group in Myanmar, and fought against the military junta.How China Used Drones to Capture a Notorious Burmese Drug Lord|Brendon Hong|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for Myanmar
/ (ˈmaɪænmɑː, ˈmjænmɑː) /
a republic in SE Asia, on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea: unified from small states in 1752; annexed by Britain (1823–85) and made a province of India in 1886; became independent in 1948. It is generally mountainous, with the basins of the Chindwin and Irrawaddy Rivers in the central part and the Irrawaddy delta in the south. Official language: Burmese. Religion: Buddhist majority. Currency: kyat. Capital: Yangon. Pop: 55 167 330 (2013 est). Area: 676 577 sq km (261 228 sq miles)Official full name: the Union of Myanmar Former official name (until 1989, though still widely used): Burma
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Cultural definitions for Myanmar
[ (myahn-mahr, meye-ahn-mahr) ]
The official name for Burma since 1989.
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