[ san-duh-nee-stuh; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tah ]
/ ˌsæn dəˈni stə; Spanish ˌsɑn diˈnis tɑ /

noun, plural San·di·nis·tas [san-duh-nee-stuh z; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tahs] /ˌsæn dəˈni stəz; Spanish ˌsɑn diˈnis tɑs/.

a member of the Nicaraguan revolutionary movement that took control of Nicaragua in 1979.

Origin of Sandinista

1925–30, in sense “supporter of Sandino”; < American Spanish; see Sandino, -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sandinista

/ (ˌsændɪˈniːstə) /

noun (in Nicaragua)

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)the Sandinista revolution

Word Origin for Sandinista

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