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Singapore

Sin·ga·pore

 (sĭng′gə-pôr′, sĭng′ə-)
A country of southeast Asia comprising Singapore Island and adjacent smaller islands. A trading center as early as the 14th century, Singapore was later part of Johor, a region of the southern Malay Peninsula, under the Malacca Sultanate. The island of Singapore was ceded to the British East India Company in 1819, and the city was founded the same year by Sir Thomas Raffles. The British took complete control in 1824 and added Singapore to the newly formed Straits Settlements in 1826. During World War II it was held by the Japanese (1942-1945) before being retaken by the British. Singapore became a crown colony in 1946, a self-governing state in 1959, part of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, and a fully independent republic in 1965. The city of Singapore is the capital.

Sin′ga·por′e·an adj. & n.
Word History: Singapore comes from Malay Singapora, "Lion-city." This name is made up of two elements borrowed from Sanskrit. The pre-Islamic kingdoms of Southeast Asia and Indonesia were profoundly influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indian civilization in general, and the languages of the region, such as Malay, Javanese, and Thai, have borrowed heavily from Sanskrit in the same way that English has borrowed heavily from Latin and French. Of the two Sanskrit elements that make up the Malay name Singapora, -pora comes from Sanskrit puram, "fortress, city," and is related to Greek polis, "citadel, city." The second element, singa-, comes from Sanskrit siṁhaḥ, "lion." A form of the Sanskrit word is familiar from the name Singh, which makes up part of the name of every male Sikh.
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Singapore

(ˌsɪŋəˈpɔː; ˌsɪŋɡə-)
n
1. (Placename) a republic in SE Asia, occupying one main island and over 50 small islands at the S end of the Malay Peninsula: established as a British trading post in 1819 and became part of the Straits Settlements in 1826; occupied by the Japanese (1942–45); a British colony from 1946, becoming self-governing in 1959; part of the Federation of Malaysia from 1963 to 1965, when it became an independent republic (within the Commonwealth). Official languages: Chinese, Malay, English, and Tamil. Religion: Buddhist, Taoist, traditional beliefs, and Muslim. Currency: Singapore dollar. Capital: Singapore. Pop: 5 460 302 (2013 est). Area: now over 700 sq km (270 sq miles), increased in recent years as a result of land reclamation schemes
2. (Placename) the capital of the republic of Singapore: a major international port; administratively not treated as a city
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Sin•ga•pore

(ˈsɪŋ gəˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr, ˈsɪŋ ə-)

n.
1. an island off the S tip of the Malay Peninsula.
2. a republic comprising this and adjacent islets: member of the Commonwealth; formerly a British crown colony (1946–59) and a state of Malaysia (1963–65); independent since 1965. 3,531,600; 240 sq. mi. (639 sq. km).
3. the capital of this republic, a port on the S coast. 206,500.
Sin`ga•po′re•an, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Singapore - the capital of SingaporeSingapore - the capital of Singapore; one of the world's biggest ports
Republic of Singapore, Singapore - a country in southeastern Asia on the island of Singapore; achieved independence from Malaysia in 1965
2.Singapore - a country in southeastern Asia on the island of Singapore; achieved independence from Malaysia in 1965
ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations - an association of nations dedicated to economic and political cooperation in southeastern Asia and who joined with the United States to fight against global terrorism
Southeast Asia - a geographical division of Asia that includes Indochina plus Indonesia and the Philippines and Singapore
Singapore Island, Singapore - an island to the south of the Malay Peninsula
capital of Singapore, Singapore - the capital of Singapore; one of the world's biggest ports
Singaporean - an inhabitant of Singapore
3.Singapore - an island to the south of the Malay Peninsula
Republic of Singapore, Singapore - a country in southeastern Asia on the island of Singapore; achieved independence from Malaysia in 1965
South China Sea - a tropical arm of the Pacific Ocean near southeastern Asia subject to frequent typhoons
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Translations
Singapur
Singapur
Singapore
Singapore
Singapur
Szingapúr
Singapura
Singapore
Singapur
CingapuraSingapura
Singapore
Сингапур
Singapore
สิงคโปร์
新加坡牛车水

Singapore

[ˌsɪŋgəˈpɔːʳ] NSingapur m
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Singapore

[ˌsɪŋəˈpɔːr] nSingapour m
in Singapore → à Singapour
to Singapore → à Singapour
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Singapore

nSingapur nt
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Singapore

[ˌsɪŋgəˈpɔːʳ] nSingapore f
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References in classic literature ?
In the middle sixties she had beaten by a day and a half the steam mail-boat from Hong Kong to Singapore. There was something peculiarly lucky, perhaps, in the placing of her masts - who knows?
I had just finished writing "The End of the Tether" and was casting about for some subject which could be developed in a shorter form than the tales in the volume of "Youth" when the instance of a steamship full of returning coolies from Singapore to some port in northern China occurred to my recollection.
"When our skipper came back we learned that the steamer was the Sommerville, Captain Nash, from West Australia to Singapore via Batavia with mails, and that the agreement was she should tow us to Anjer or Ba- tavia, if possible, where we could extinguish the fire by scuttling, and then proceed on our voyage--to Bankok!
Hong Kong means 'Island of Sweet waters.' Singapore is
Whereas Singapore, he surmised justly, would be full of qualified men.
For ten days we were beating about, trusting to luck, and on the eleventh we were picked up by a trader which was going from Singapore to Jiddah with a cargo of Malay pilgrims.
The whole prosperity of the place depends on this tree: the only exports being oil from the nut, and the nuts themselves, which are taken to Singapore and Mauritius, where they are chiefly used, when grated, in making curries.
There is some queer illness down yonder, that's beyond all doubt, and to-day there's a cable just come in from Singapore that the lighthouses are out of action in the Straits of Sundan, and two ships on the beach in consequence.
His ship was well known in all the ports from Vladivostok to Singapore. She was his own property.
We are told that within three miles of the center of the East-Indian city of Singapore, some of the inhabitants are annually carried off by tigers; but the traveler can lie down in the woods at night almost anywhere in North America without fear of wild beasts.
The result was that at Manila, much to Virginia's surprise, he announced the abandonment of the balance of their purposed voyage, taking immediate return passage to Singapore. His daughter did not question him as to the cause of this change in plans, for since those three days that her father had kept himself locked in his workroom at home the girl had noticed a subtle change in her parent--a marked disinclination to share with her his every confidence as had been his custom since the death of her mother.
These dates were inscribed in an itinerary divided into columns, indicating the month, the day of the month, and the day for the stipulated and actual arrivals at each principal point Paris, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York, and London--from the 2nd of October to the 21st of December; and giving a space for setting down the gain made or the loss suffered on arrival at each locality.