[ soo-dan ]
/ suˈdæn /
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a region in North Africa, south of the Sahara and Libyan Deserts, extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.
Republic of the Sudan, a republic in northeastern Africa, south of Egypt and bordering on the Red Sea: a former condominium of Egypt and Great Britain. 728,215 square miles (1,886,068 square kilometers). Capital: Khartoum.Also called North Sudan .Formerly An·glo-E·gyp·tian Sudan [ang-gloh-i-jip-shuhn] /ˈæŋ gloʊ ɪˈdʒɪp ʃən/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for Sudan

/ (suːˈdɑːn, -ˈdæn) /

a republic in NE Africa, on the Red Sea: conquered by Mehemet Ali of Egypt (1820–22) and made an Anglo-Egyptian condominium in 1899 after joint forces defeated the Mahdist revolt; became a republic in 1956; a lengthy civil war between separatists in the mainly Christian south and the government resulted in independence for South Sudan following a referendum in 2011. It consists mainly of a plateau, with the Nubian Desert in the north. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: Muslim; there are Christian and animist minorities. Currency: Sudanese pound or Sudani (replacing the Sudanese dinar in 2007). Capital: Khartoum. Pop: 34 847 910 (2013 est). Area: 1 861 484 sq km (718 723 sq miles)Former name (1899–1956): Anglo-Egyptian Sudan French name: Soudan
the Sudan a region stretching across Africa south of the Sahara and north of the tropical zone: inhabited chiefly by Negroid tribes rather than Arabs
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Cultural definitions for Sudan

[ (sooh-dan) ]

Republic in northeastern Africa, bordered on the north by Egypt (see also Egypt); on the east by the Red Sea and Ethiopia; on the south by Kenya, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo; and on the west by the Central African Republic, Chad, and Libya. Its capital is Khartoum, and its largest city is Omdurman.

notes for Sudan

Sudan was under the joint rule of Britain and Egypt (though Britain exercised actual control) from 1899 to 1956.

notes for Sudan

Recently, it has been plagued by famine and civil war.
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