[bar-suh-loh-nuh; Spanish bahr-the-law-nah]
a seaport in NE Spain, on the Mediterranean. Unabridged
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Barcelona (ˌbɑːsɪˈləʊnə)
Ancient name: Barcino the chief port of Spain, on the NE Mediterranean coast: seat of the Republican government during the Civil War (1936--39); the commercial capital of Spain. Pop: 1 582 738 (2003 est)

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Word Origin & History

city in Spain, said to have been named for Carthaginian general Hamlicar Barca, who is supposed to have founded it 3c. B.C.E.
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Barcelona definition

City in northeastern Spain on the Mediterranean Sea; the second-largest city of Spain, after Madrid, its largest port, and its chief industrial and commercial center.

Note: Capital of the region of Catalonia, and long a stronghold of movements for Catalan independence, Barcelona has also been a center for radical political beliefs, including anarchism and socialism.
Note: Barcelona hosted the 1992 summer Olympic Games.
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