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1. A country of northern Central America. The site of a Mayan civilization dating back to 1500 bc, the area was conquered by Spain in 1524. After independence was achieved (1821), Guatemala joined in a federation of Central American states (1825-1838) before becoming a separate republic in 1839. Guatemala is the capital and the largest city.
2. also Guatemala City The capital and largest city of Guatemala, in the south-central part of the country. Founded on its present site in 1776, it was rebuilt after major earthquakes in 1917 and 1918.
Gua′te·ma′lan adj. & n.
(Placename) of or relating to Guatemala or its inhabitants
1. (Placename) a native or inhabitant of Guatemala
2. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Guatemala
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|Noun||1.||Guatemalan - a native or inhabitant of Guatemala|
Guatemala, Republic of Guatemala - a republic in Central America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; noted for low per capita income and illiteracy; politically unstable
Central American - a native or inhabitant of Central America
|Adj.||1.||Guatemalan - of or relating to or characteristic of Guatemala or its residents; "Guatemalan coffee"|