Sandinista

[ san-duh-nee-stuh; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tah ]

noun,plural San·di·nis·tas [san-duh-nee-stuhz; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tahs]. /ˌsæn dəˈni stəz; Spanish ˌsɑn diˈnis tɑs/.
  1. a member of the Nicaraguan revolutionary movement that took control of Nicaragua in 1979.

Origin of Sandinista

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First recorded in 1925–30, in sense “supporter of Sandino”; from Latin American Spanish; see Sandino, -ist

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Sandinista

/ (ˌsændɪˈniːstə) /


noun(in Nicaragua)
    • one of a left-wing group of revolutionaries who overthrew President Somoza in 1979 and formed a socialist coalition government. The Sandinistas were opposed militarily by the US-backed Contras during the 1980s and were defeated in a general election in 1990

    • (as modifier): the Sandinista revolution

Origin of Sandinista

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C20: from Spanish, named after Augusto César Sandino a Nicaraguan general and rebel leader, murdered in 1933

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