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[ahr-juh n-tee-nuh; Spanish ahr-hen-tee-nah] /ˌɑr dʒənˈti nə; Spanish ˌɑr hɛnˈti nɑ/
a republic in S South America. 1,084,120 sq. mi. (2,807,870 sq. km).
Capital: Buenos Aires.
Also called the Argentine.
Official name Argentine Republic.
Related forms
pro-Argentina, adjective Unabridged
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  • The building up and consolidating of our position in Argentina is one of the proudest exploits of English industry.

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  • Argentina will take some of our markets from us, but what are they?

  • The Hereford is the second favourite in Argentina, but breeders only pay about half as much for them as for good Durham bulls.

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  • The pride and boast of Argentina has been its rapid progress.

  • The mineral wealth of Argentina is very much less than that of most South American countries.

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British Dictionary definitions for Argentina


a republic in southern South America: colonized by the Spanish from 1516 onwards; gained independence in 1816 and became a republic in 1852; ruled by military dictatorships for much of the 20th century; civilian rule restored in 1983; consists chiefly of subtropical plains and forests (the Chaco) in the north, temperate plains (the pampas) in the central parts, the Andes in the west, and an infertile plain extending to Tierra del Fuego in the south (Patagonia); an important meat producer. Language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: peso. Capital: Buenos Aires. Pop: 42 610 981 (2013 est). Area: 2 776 653 sq km (1 072 067 sq miles) Also called the Argentine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Argentina

South American nation, from Latin argentinus "of silver" (see argent); a Latinized form of (Rio) de la Plata, from Spanish plata "silver."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Argentina in Culture

Argentina definition

Republic in southern South America, bordered by Chile to the west; Bolivia and Paraguay to the north; and Brazil, Uruguay, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Its capital and largest city is Buenos Aires.

Note: Second-largest nation of South America, after Brazil.
Note: Juan Perón came to power in Argentina in 1946, establishing a dictatorship, and ruled with the aid of his second wife, the popular Eva Perón, until he was overthrown in 1955. He was president again from 1973 to 1974, when he died.
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