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[pawrt-uh v-speyn, pohrt-]
  1. a seaport on NW Trinidad, in the SE West Indies: the national capital of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Trinidad and Tobago

  1. (used with a plural verb) two islands in the N Atlantic Ocean, off the NE coast of Venezuela.
  2. (used with a singular verb) an independent republic in the West Indies, comprising the islands of Trinidad and Tobago: member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 1980 sq. mi. (5128 sq. km). Capital: Port-of-Spain.
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Related formsTrin·i·da·di·an and To·ba·go·ni·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for port-of-spain

Historical Examples

  • Out of 136 children born in Port-of-Spain, 100 were illegitimate.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. IX., March, 1862., No. LIII.


  • Port-of-Spain, whose population is about 50,000, rejoices in quite a number of large and handsome public buildings and churches.

  • On returning to the Port-of-Spain, the steamer usually carried about two hundred head of cattle for the Trinidad market.

  • Over unruffled water the lights of Port-of-Spain shoot long still yellow beams.

British Dictionary definitions for port-of-spain

Trinidad and Tobago

  1. an independent republic in the Caribbean, occupying the two southernmost islands of the Lesser Antilles: became a British colony in 1888 and gained independence in 1962; became a republic in 1976; a member of the Commonwealth. Official language: English. Religion: Christian majority, with a large Hindu minority. Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar. Capital: Port of Spain. Pop: 1 225 225 (2013 est). Area: 5128 sq km (1980 sq miles)
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port-of-spain in Culture

Trinidad and Tobago


Independent republic in the West Indies, comprising two islands off the northeast coast of Venezuela. Its capital and largest city is Port-of-Spain.

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A popular resort area, the country is appreciated particularly for its culture, which is composed of a mixture of black African, Indian, Chinese, European, and Middle Eastern settlers.
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