What does cuba mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cuba, Republic of Cuba(noun)

    a communist state in the Caribbean on the island of Cuba

  2. Cuba(noun)

    the largest island in the West Indies


  1. Cuba(ProperNoun)

    A country and the largest island in the Caribbean. Official name: Republic of Cuba.

  2. Origin: Disputed; likely from Taíno cubao ("abundant fertile land") or coabana ("great place").


  1. Cuba

    Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is an island country in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the capital of Cuba and its largest city, followed by Santiago de Cuba. To the north of Cuba lies the United States and the Bahamas, Mexico is to the west, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast. In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on what is now the island of Cuba and claimed it for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, after which it came briefly under the administration of the United States until gaining formal independence in 1902. Its fragile democracy became increasingly dominated by radical politics, and while the Cuban Constitution of 1940 sought to strengthen its democratic system, the country came under the dictatorship of former president Fulgencio Batista in 1952. Growing unrest and instability led to the ousting of Batista in January 1959 by the July 26 movement, which afterward established a new administration under Fidel Castro. By 1965, the country had developed into a single-party state under the revived Communist Party of Cuba, which holds power to date.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cuba

    the largest of the West India Islands, 700 m. long and from 27 m. to 290 m. in breadth; belonged to Spain, but is now under the protection of the United States; is traversed from E. to W. by a range of mountains wooded to the summit; abounds in forests—ebony, cedar, mahogany, &c.; soil very fertile; exports sugar and tobacco; principal town, Havana.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cuba

    An island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies, south of Florida. With the adjacent islands it forms the Republic of Cuba. Its capital is Havana. It was discovered by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492 and conquered by Spain in 1511. It has a varied history under Spain, Great Britain, and the United States but has been independent since 1902. The name Cuba is said to be an Indian name of unknown origin but the language that gave the name is extinct, so the etymology is a conjecture. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p302 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p132)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cuba in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cuba in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Josefina Vidal:

    We've explained to the U.S. government in the past that there are some people living in Cuba to whom Cuba has legitimately granted political asylum, there's no extradition treaty in effect between Cuba and the U.S..

  2. Walter LaFeber:

    In every major decision they were motivated not by concern for stability nor democracy…they sought control and opportunity…If they had wanted stability, they would have made Cuba and Puerto Rico parts of the Union.”

  3. Sunday Ted Cruz:

    I cannot wait as president to visit Cuba, but when I visit Cuba it will be a free Cuba. It will be a Cuba without Raul Castro, without Fidel Castro and I can't wait to celebrate with the people of Cuba 90 miles off America's shore.

  4. Kay Kuehne:

    We believe that Cuba could become one of Airbnb's biggest markets in Latin America, we are actually plugging into an existing culture of micro-enterprise in Cuba. The hosts in Cuba have been doing for decades what we just started doing seven years ago.

  5. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. ... The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. (Announcing blockade of Cuba)

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