San Juan

[ san wahn, hwahn; Spanish sahn hwahn ]
/ ˌsæn ˈwɑn, ˈʰwɑn; Spanish sɑn ˈʰwɑn /

noun

a seaport in and the capital of Puerto Rico, in the N part.
a city in W Argentina.
a river in S Nicaragua, flowing E from Lake Nicaragua along the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border to the Caribbean Sea. About 110 miles (175 km) long.

Definition for san juan (2 of 2)

Puerto Rico

[ pwer-tuh ree-koh, pwer-toh, pawr-tuh, pohr-; Spanish pwer-taw ree-kaw ]
/ ˈpwɛr tə ˈri koʊ, ˈpwɛr toʊ, ˈpɔr tə, ˈpoʊr-; Spanish ˈpwɛr tɔ ˈri kɔ /

noun

an island in the central West Indies: a commonwealth associated with the U.S. 3435 sq. mi. (8895 sq. km). Capital: San Juan. Abbreviation: P.R., PR
Formerly Porto Rico.

Related forms

Puerto Rican, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for san juan (1 of 2)

San Juan

/ (Spanish saŋ ˈxwan) /

noun

the capital and chief port of Puerto Rico, on the NE coast; University of Puerto Rico; manufacturing centre. Pop: 433 733 (2003 est)
a city in W Argentina: almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1944. Pop: 455 000 (2005 est)

British Dictionary definitions for san juan (2 of 2)

Puerto Rico

/ (ˈpwɜːtəʊ ˈriːkəʊ, ˈpwɛə-) /

noun

an autonomous commonwealth (in association with the US) occupying the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean: one of the most densely populated areas in the world; ceded by Spain to the US in 1899. Currency: US dollar. Capital: San Juan. Pop: 3 674 209 (2013 est). Area: 9104 sq km (3515 sq miles)Former name (until 1932): Porto Rico Abbreviation: PR
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Culture definitions for san juan

Puerto Rico

[ (pwer-tuh, pawr-tuh ree-koh) ]

Island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Miami, Florida. Its capital and largest city is San Juan.

Note

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. Citizens of Puerto Rico are also American citizens but do not vote in federal elections and do not pay federal taxes on their local earnings.
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