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Puer·to Ri·co

 (pwĕr′tə rē′kō, pôrt′ə, pwĕr′tō)
Abbr. PR or P.R.
A self-governing island commonwealth of the United States in the Caribbean Sea east of Hispaniola. Inhabited by the Taíno when it was visited by Columbus in 1493, it was colonized by the Spanish in the 1500s and ceded to the United States in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917, although residents of the island do not vote in US presidential elections. Commonwealth status was proclaimed in 1952 and has been upheld by various plebiscites since the 1960s. San Juan is the capital and the largest city.

Puer′to Ri′can adj. & n.
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Puerto Rico

(ˈpwɜːtəʊ ˈriːkəʊ; ˈpwɛə-)
n
(Placename) an autonomous commonwealth (in association with the US) occupying the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean: one of the most densely populated areas in the world; ceded by Spain to the US in 1899. Currency: US dollar. Capital: San Juan. Pop: 3 674 209 (2013 est). Area: 9104 sq km (3515 sq miles). Former name (until 1932): Porto Rico Abbreviation: PR
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Puer•to Ri•co

(ˈpwɛr tə ˈri koʊ, ˈpwɛr toʊ, ˈpɔr tə, ˈpoʊr-)
n.
an island in the central West Indies: a commonwealth associated with the U.S. 3,808,610; 3435 sq. mi. (8895 sq. km). Cap.: San Juan. Abbr: PR, P.R. Formerly (until 1932), Porto Rico.
Puer′to Ri′can, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Puerto Rico - a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto RicoPuerto Rico - a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico
Caribbean - region including the Caribbean Islands
Greater Antilles - a group of islands in the western West Indies
Porto Rico, Puerto Rico - the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
San Juan - the capital and largest city of Puerto Rico
Culebra - a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico with miles of beautiful beaches
Vieques - a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico used for target practice by the United States Navy
2.Puerto Rico - the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Porto Rico, Puerto Rico, PR - a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico
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Translations
Portoriko
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Portoriko
プエルトリコ
푸에르토리코
Puerto Rico
ประเทศเปอร์โตริโก
nước Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

[ˈpwɜːtəʊˈriːkəʊ] NPuerto Rico m
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Puerto Rico

[ˈpwɜːrʊˈriːkəʊ] nPorto Rico f
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Puerto Rico

nPuerto Rico nt
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Puerto Rico

[ˈpwɜːtəʊˈriːkəʊ] nPortorico
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Puerto Rico

بُرْتُو رِيكُو Portoriko Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Πουέρτο Ρίκο Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Porto Rico Portoriko Porto Rico プエルトリコ 푸에르토리코 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Porto Rico Porto Rico Пуэрто-Рико Puerto Rico ประเทศเปอร์โตริโก Portoriko nước Puerto Rico 波多黎各
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With the "discovery" by Columbus in 1493 (Castellar 1892; Fernandez de Navarrette 1922), under the Imperial Gaze of Spanish chroniclers and cartographers (Abbad y Lasierra 1866; Butzer 1992; Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes 1851), Boriken, a small territory inhabited by Tainos, metamorphosed into Puerto Rico: an "island" represented in maps of the so-called "new world," and part of an archipelago, the "Antilles," in a newly minted "Caribbean Sea." It was purported to be a tropical utopian paradise, "not merely reflective of social and political practices but were in fact constitutive of them" (Adorno 2007, 4).
Heartbreaking lyrics that could easily be paired with the brittle guitar lines of bachata, also known as the Dominican blues, are instead crooned over the trap-infused reggaeton beats popular in the streets of La Boriken. "This is what the people like," he tells me, confident-sounding.
The colonization of the islands in the Caribbean basin (i.e., Boriken [Puerto Rico], Cuba, Hispaniola [Haiti and the Dominican Republic) by European settlers, coming mainly from Spain, resulted in genetic mixture with local native populations.
The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction: Continuity and Reclamation in Boriken (Puerto Rico).
(4) According to the Academia Puertorriquena de la Lengua Espanola (2005: 120-121), "Boricua" refers to any person or object that comes from "Boriken." "Boriken" and "Borinquen" are the original names given to Puerto Rico by the Taino-Indians.
One display of passion and love of homeland was made by the lead singer of the Puerto Rican band Grupo Boriken. The singer melodiously belted out, through jibaro music, a description of his golden home of Yauco, Puerto Rico.
Involving the predominantly African-American and Latino communities in East Harlem, located in northern Manhattan, New York, the New York/East Harlem center formed partnerships among the center's principal investigators (PIs) and the leadership of two federally qualified community health centers (Boriken Neighborhood Health Center and Settlement Health).
When Colon arrived in Borinquen (or Boriken, the name given to the island by their inhabitants), he found a group of natives that the Spaniards would later name Los Tainos, but anthropologists and historians believe were part of the Arawak culture (Diaz Soler, 1994; Scarano, 1993).
Already--and increasingly so within the past 15 years--it is common, among both the Taino-representing and not, to self-identify using the term "Boricua"; a Taino term denoting a native to the island originally called "Boriken" (sometimes spelled Borinquen) and renamed Puerto Rico ("rich port") by Spain.