[soo r-uh-nahm, -nam; Dutch sy-ree-nah-muh]
  1. a republic on the NE coast of South America: formerly a territory of the Netherlands; gained independence 1975. 60,230 sq. mi. (155,995 sq. km). Capital: Paramaribo.
Also Su·ri·nam [soo r-uh-nahm, -nam] /ˈsʊər əˌnɑm, -ˌnæm/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of surinam

  • I've had the pleasure of telling him so sence—'twas in Surinam 'long in '72.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • This contains an account of his journey with his family to settle at Surinam.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • The Carib women in Surinam think that large calves of the leg are a beauty.


    William Graham Sumner

  • The Dutch brought the cultivation of coffee to Surinam in 1718.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • It lives in Brazil and Surinam, and feeds chiefly on ants and termites.

British Dictionary definitions for surinam



  1. a republic in NE South America, on the Atlantic: became a self-governing part of the Netherlands in 1954 and fully independent in 1975. Official languages: Dutch; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Hindu, Christian, and Muslim. Currency: guilder. Capital: Paramaribo. Pop: 566 846 (2013 est). Area: 163 820 sq km (63 251 sq miles)Former names: Dutch Guiana, Netherlands Guiana
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