[too-nee-zhuh, -shuh, -nizh-uh, -nish-uh, tyoo-]


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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  • In an evil hour the King was persuaded to attack the Tunisian Caliph.

  • They were talking about the Tunisian ambassadors and their costumes.

  • On the second occasion, I saw the lakes, and a solitary Tunisian sentinel.

  • Leather footstools, covered with Tunisian thread-work, lay beside them.

    The Garden Of Allah

    Robert Hichens

  • She is not a damsel to take a siesta with a Tunisian rover prowling about in her neighborhood.

    The Bravo

    J. Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for tunisian



of or relating to Tunisia or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Tunisia



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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Culture definitions for tunisian


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


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


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