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Santiago

[san-tee-ah-goh; Spanish sahn-tyah-gaw]
noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Chile, in the central part.
  2. Also called Santia·go de Com·pos·te·la [duh-kom-puh-stel-uh; Spanish th e kawm-paws-te-lah] /dəˌkɒm pəˈstɛl ə; Spanish ðɛ ˌkɔm pɔsˈtɛ lɑ/. a city in NW Spain: pilgrimage center; cathedral.
  3. a city in SW Panama.
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Chile

[chil-ee; Spanish chee-le]
noun
  1. a republic in SW South America, on the Pacific Coast. 286,396 sq. mi. (741,765 sq. km). Capital: Santiago.
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Related formsChil·e·an, adjective, nounpro-Chil·e·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Chil·e·an, adjective, noun
Can be confusedChile chili chilly
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  • Though the nave is like that of Santiago, the transepts and choir are much simpler.

    Portuguese Architecture

    Walter Crum Watson

  • In spite of this, he laid the foundations of the town of Santiago on the 12th of February, 1541.

  • Here Sampson's orders to proceed immediately to Santiago reached it.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • The land and naval battles at Santiago brought the Spanish War to an end.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • Before these images Santiago burned his candles and made his requests known.


British Dictionary definitions for santiago

Santiago

noun
  1. the capital of Chile, at the foot of the Andes: commercial and industrial centre; two universities. Pop: 5 623 000 (2005 est)Official name: Santiago de Chile (de ˈtʃile)
  2. a city in the N Dominican Republic. Pop: 479 000 (2005 est)Official name: Santiago de los Caballeros (de los kaβaˈʎeros)
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chile

noun
  1. a variant spelling of chilli
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Chile

noun
  1. a republic in South America, on the Pacific, with a total length of about 4090 km (2650 miles) and an average width of only 177 km (110 miles): gained independence from Spain in 1818; the government of President Allende (elected 1970) attempted the implementation of Marxist policies within a democratic system until overthrown by a military coup (1973); democracy restored 1988. Chile consists chiefly of the Andes in the east, the Atacama Desert in the north, a central fertile region, and a huge S region of almost uninhabitable mountains, glaciers, fjords, and islands; an important producer of copper, iron ore, nitrates, etc. Language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Santiago. Pop: 17 216 945 (2013 est). Area: 756 945 sq km (292 256 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for santiago

Chile

South American country, probably named from a local native word subsequently confused with Mexican Spanish chile "chili pepper" (see chili). Suggestions are that the native word means "land's end" or else "cold, winter," which would make a coincidental convergence with English chilly. Related: Chilean.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

santiago in Culture

Santiago

[(san-tee-ah-goh, sahn-tee-ah-goh)]

Capital of Chile and the largest city in the country, located in central Chile; commercial and political center of Chile and one of the largest cities in South America.

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Chile

Republic in southern South America on the western slope of the Andes. Chile is a long, narrow strip of land bordered by Peru to the north, Bolivia and Argentina to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west. Its capital and largest city is Santiago.

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Note

In 1973, General Augusto Pinochet led a coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende, a Marxist.

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Pinochet suppressed human rights and political activity until he lost a plebiscite in 1988. A successor was chosen in free elections. In 1998, Pinochet was arrested in Great Britain on a Spanish warrant, but a court ruled him too ill to stand trial. He returned to Chile, where attempts to prosecute him continued.
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