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[kuh-luhm-bee-uh; Spanish kaw-lawm-byah] /kəˈlʌm bi ə; Spanish kɔˈlɔm byɑ/
a republic in NW South America. 439,828 sq. mi. (1,139,155 sq. km).
Capital: Bogotá.
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Colombian, adjective, noun
pro-Colombian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • But on that same day four hundred new colombian troops were landed at Colon.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • The colombian output has been increasing rapidly since 1911.

  • Money to pay the colombian troops could not be raised and the mercenaries became mutinous.

  • He treated him, of necessity, as though he were actually the colombian ape he pretended to be.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • The news reached Dr. Amador and his friends at ten o'clock, just an hour before the arrival of the colombian officers.

    The Panama Canal J. Saxon Mills
British Dictionary definitions for colombian


of or relating to Colombia or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Colombia


a republic in NW South America: inhabited by Chibchas and other Indians before Spanish colonization in the 16th century; independence won by Bolívar in 1819; became the Republic of Colombia in 1886; violence and unrest have been endemic since the 1970s. It consists chiefly of a hot swampy coastal plain, separated by ranges of the Andes from the pampas and the equatorial forests of the Amazon basin in the east. Language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Bogotá. Pop: 45 745 783 (2013 est). Area: 1 138 908 sq km (439 735 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for colombian


South American nation, independent from 1819 as part of Gran Colombia (after its breakup in 1850, as New Granada, then Colombia from 1863); named for Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (Italian Colombo, Portuguese Colom, Spanish Colón).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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colombian in Culture

Colombia definition

Republic in northwestern South America, bordered by Panama to the northwest, Venezuela to the northeast, Ecuador and Peru to the south, and Brazil to the southeast. Its capital and largest city is Bogotá.

Note: Its major legal crop is coffee.
Note: Trafficking of marijuana and cocaine remains a problem in Colombia. With support from the United States, the Colombian government has attacked drug traffickers, but the country continues to be torn by civil war between left-wing and right-wing factions.
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