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Buenos Aires

[bwey-nuh s ahyuh r-iz, boh-nuh s; Spanish bwe-naws ahy-res] /ˈbweɪ nəs ˈaɪər ɪz, ˈboʊ nəs; Spanish ˈbwɛ nɔs ˈaɪ rɛs/
a seaport in and the capital of Argentina, in the E part, on the Río de la Plata.


[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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Examples from the Web for Buenos Aires
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  • At other times they were youths from Buenos Aires asking for a lodging at the ranch, as they were just passing by.

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibanez
  • He had never been to Europe, but he had been to Buenos Aires.

  • Urquiza was received by the inhabitants of Buenos Aires with delirious joy as the deliverer of the Republic.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • I wondered what Edmund had been taking a strong line about in Buenos Aires.

    Passing By Maurice Baring
  • Without any qualification they land in Buenos Aires and have the haziest knowledge what they propose to do next.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

/ˈbweɪnɒs ˈaɪrɪz; Spanish ˈbwenos ˈaires/
the capital of Argentina, a major port and industrial city on the Río de la Plata estuary: became capital in 1880; university (1821). Pop: 13 349 000 (2005 est)


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
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Word Origin and History for Buenos Aires


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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Buenos Aires in Culture
Buenos Aires [(bway-nuhs air-eez, eye-riz)]

Capital of Argentina and largest city in the country, located in eastern Argentina near Uruguay.

Note: One of the largest cities in Latin America, Buenos Aires is Argentina's chief port and financial, industrial, commercial, and social center.
Note: La Prensa and La Nación are two of its daily newspapers, popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

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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