[par-uh-gwahy, -gwey; Spanish pah-rah-gwahy]


a republic in central South America between Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina. 157,047 sq. mi. (406,750 sq. km). Capital: Asunción.
a river in central South America, flowing S from W Brazil through Paraguay to the Paraná. 1500 miles (2400 km) long.

Related formsPar·a·guay·an, adjective, nounpro-Par·a·guay, adjectivepro-Par·a·guay·an, adjective, nountrans-Par·a·guay·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of paraguay

  • The refugees come from Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico.

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    The 2014 Novel of the Year

    Nathaniel Rich

    December 29, 2014

  • Alfred Stroessner fled from a 1989 coup in Paraguay and lived in Brazil for the next 18 years.

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    How Dictators Die

    Andrew Roberts

    October 21, 2011

  • After the war, Josef Mengele found refuge in Argentina and later Paraguay and Brazil.

  • Mengele managed to elude them, later making his way to Paraguay.

  • Uruguay and Paraguay are expected to follow suit, and then Bolivia and Ecuador.

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    Happy Now, Bibi?

    Peter Beinart

    December 8, 2010

Historical Examples of paraguay

British Dictionary definitions for paraguay



an inland republic in South America: colonized by the Spanish from 1537, gaining independence in 1811; lost 142 500 sq km (55 000 sq miles) of territory and over half its population after its defeat in the war against Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay (1865–70). It is divided by the Paraguay River into a sparsely inhabited semiarid region (Chaco) in the west, and a central region of wooded hills, tropical forests, and rich grasslands, rising to the Paraná plateau in the east. Official languages: Spanish and Guarani. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: guarani. Capital: Asunción. Pop: 6 623 252 (2013 est). Area: 406 750 sq km (157 047 sq miles)
a river in South America flowing south through Brazil and Paraguay to the Paraná River. Length: about 2400 km (1500 miles)
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Word Origin and History for paraguay


country is named for the river, which is said to be from Guarani para "water" + guay "born." Said to have been the name of a local chieftain who treated with the first Spanish explorers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

paraguay in Culture


[(par-uh-gweye, par-uh-gway)]

Republic in south-central South America, enclosed by Bolivia on the west and north, Brazil on the northeast, and Argentina on the south and west.


Controlled for many decades by a highly repressive military government. A civilian was elected president in 1993.


Reputed sanctuary for Nazi fugitives.
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