Uruguay

[ yoo r-uh-gwey, -gwahy; Spanish oo-roo-gwahy ]
/ ˈyʊər əˌgweɪ, -ˌgwaɪ; Spanish ˌu ruˈgwaɪ /
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noun

a republic in SE South America. 72,172 sq. mi. (186,925 sq. km). Capital: Montevideo.
a river in SE South America, flowing from S Brazil along the boundary of E Argentina into the Río de la Plata. 981 miles (1580 km) long.

Related formsU·ru·guay·an [yoo r-uh-gwey-uh n, -gwahy-uh n] /ˌyʊər əˈgweɪ ən, -ˈgwaɪ ən/, adjective, nounpro-U·ru·guay·an, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for uruguayan

Uruguayan

/ (ˌjʊərəˈɡwaɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Uruguay or its inhabitants

noun

a native or inhabitant of Uruguay

Uruguay

/ (ˈjʊərəˌɡwaɪ) /

noun

a republic in South America, on the Atlantic: Spanish colonization began in 1624, followed by Portuguese settlement in 1680; revolted against Spanish rule in 1820 but was annexed by the Portuguese to Brazil; gained independence in 1825. It consists mainly of rolling grassy plains, low hills, and plateaus. Official language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Montevideo. Pop: 3 324 460 (2013 est). Area: 176 215 sq km (68 037 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for uruguayan

Uruguay

country named for river that flows past it, which is from a native name in an extinct language, said to represent uru "bird" + guay "tail," perhaps a reference to some totemic animal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for uruguayan

Uruguay

[ (yoor-uh-gweye, yoor-uh-gway, oor-uh-gweye) ]

Republic on the east coast of South America, tucked between Brazil to the north and east and Argentina to the west. The capital and largest city is Montevideo.

Note

Uruguay was under a repressive and violent military government from 1973 to 1985.

Note

It is a major producer of beef, leather, and wool.

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