Tunis

[too-nis, tyoo-]
noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Tunisia, in the NE part.
  2. one of the former Barbary States in N Africa, once notorious for its pirates: constitutes modern Tunisia.

Tunisia

[too-nee-zhuh, -shuh, -nizh-uh, -nish-uh, tyoo-]
noun
  1. a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: a French protectorate until 1956. 48,330 sq. mi. (125,175 sq. km). Capital: Tunis.
Related formsTu·ni·sian, adjective, nounpro-Tu·ni·sian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for tunis

Contemporary Examples of tunis

  • With a breathtaking view over the bay and the ruins of Carthage, we  could see all the way back to Tunis and the Kasbah.

  • Born in Tunis, Sliti moved to Italy looking for work, as many young North Africans do.

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    The Faces of Guantánamo

    Molly Crabapple

    September 3, 2013

  • Now he only smiles when dreaming about setting up a snack stall back in his native Tunis.

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    The Faces of Guantánamo

    Molly Crabapple

    September 3, 2013

  • That movement spread to Tunis, Cairo, Benghazi, and Daraa, and later Damascus and Aleppo.

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    The Problem With Cities

    Janine di Giovanni

    June 24, 2013

  • Tunis at night feels increasingly more like a Gulf country than it did before the Arab Spring.

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    Tunisia’s Dark Turn

    Jamie Dettmer

    March 17, 2013

Historical Examples of tunis


British Dictionary definitions for tunis

Tunis

noun
  1. the capital and chief port of Tunisia, in the northeast on the Gulf of Tunis (an inlet of the Mediterranean): dates from Carthaginian times, the ruins of ancient Carthage lying to the northeast; university (1960). Pop: 2 063 000 (2005 est)

Tunisia

noun
  1. a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: settled by the Phoenicians in the 12th century bc; made a French protectorate in 1881 and gained independence in 1955. It consists chiefly of the Sahara in the south, a central plateau, and the Atlas Mountains in the north. Exports include textiles, petroleum, and phosphates. Official language: Arabic; French is also widely spoken. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Tunis. Pop: 10 835 873 (2013 est). Area: 164 150 sq km (63 380 sq miles)
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tunis in Culture

Tunisia

Republic in northwestern Africa, bordered by Algeria to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east, and Libya to the southeast.

Note

In the sixth century b.c., Tunisia became the center of power for the city of Carthage.

Note

Tunisia was a French protectorate from 1881 to 1956, when it achieved independence.
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