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U·ru·guay(yo͝or′ə-gwī′, -gwā′, o͞o′ro͞o-gwī′)
A country of southeast South America on the Atlantic Ocean and the Río de la Plata. Originally inhabited by various indigenous peoples, the area was colonized in the 1600s by the Spanish and Portuguese, with Spain establishing sole dominance after 1724. Uruguay declared independence from Spain in 1810 and from Argentina in 1814, struggling against Brazilian occupation to achieve full independence in 1828. Montevideo is the capital and the largest city.
U′ru·guay′an adj. & n.
(Placename) a republic in South America, on the Atlantic: Spanish colonization began in 1624, followed by Portuguese settlement in 1680; revolted against Spanish rule in 1820 but was annexed by the Portuguese to Brazil; gained independence in 1825. It consists mainly of rolling grassy plains, low hills, and plateaus. Official language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Montevideo. Pop: 3 324 460 (2013 est). Area: 176 215 sq km (68 037 sq miles)
U•ru•guay(ˈyʊər əˌgweɪ, -ˌgwaɪ, ˈʊər-)
1. a republic in SE South America. 3,308,523; 68,037 sq. mi. (176,215 sq. km). Cap.: Montevideo.
2. a river in SE South America, flowing from S Brazil into the Río de la Plata. 981 mi. (1580 km) long.
U`ru•guay′an, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Uruguay - a South American republic on the southeast coast of South America; achieved independence from Brazil in 1825|
OAS, Organization of American States - an association including most countries in the western hemisphere; created in 1948 to promote military and economic and social and cultural cooperation
capital of Uruguay, Montevideo - the capital and largest city of Uruguay; a cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports in South America
South America - a continent in the western hemisphere connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama
Uruguayan - a native or inhabitant of Uruguay
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