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dʒɪˈbrɔl tərGibral·tar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gibraltar, Rock of Gibraltar, Calpenoun

    location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules


  1. Gibraltarnoun

    An overseas territory of the United Kingdom at the southern end of Iberia.

    Etymology: From the جبل طارق, meaning Mountain of Tariq, who led the , starting in 711. Replaced earlier Mons Calpe for the land, and Ηράκλειες Στήλε ( Columnae Herculis) for the strait.

  2. Gibraltarnoun

    A strait connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic between Gibraltar and Morocco.

    Etymology: From the جبل طارق, meaning Mountain of Tariq, who led the , starting in 711. Replaced earlier Mons Calpe for the land, and Ηράκλειες Στήλε ( Columnae Herculis) for the strait.


  1. Gibraltar

    Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 6.8 square kilometres and a northern border with Andalusia, Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the only landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely populated city area, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities. An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from the Kingdom of Castile in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It was an important base for the Royal Navy; today its economy is based largely on tourism, online gaming, financial services, and shipping. The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory. Gibraltarians rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and again in 2002. Under the Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK Government.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Gibraltar

    a promontory of rock, in the S. of Spain, about 2 m. square and over 1400 ft. in height, connected with the mainland by a spit of sand, forming a strong fortress, with a town (25) of the name at the foot of it on the W. side, and with the Strait of Gibraltar on the S., which at its narrowest is 15 m. broad; the rock above the town is a network of batteries, mounted with heavy cannon, and the town itself is a trade entrepôt for N. Africa; the rock has been held as a stronghold by the British since 1704.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gibraltar

    A fortified seaport town and garrison, occupying a promontory in the south of Spain, at the entrance from the Atlantic into the Mediterranean, 60 miles southeast from Cadiz. It consists of a high and rocky mountain running from north to south, about 3 miles in length, and three-fourths in width, its highest point being 1439 feet above the level of the sea. The “rock” was first fortified in the modern style in the reign of Charles V. It was surprised by the English under Sir George Booke in 1704, soon after the commencement of the War of the Spanish Succession, and it has been a British dependency ever since. It has been repeatedly besieged, and always without success,—first in 1720, next in 1727, and lastly in 1779, when it stood a siege of upwards of three years and a half, the French and Spaniards using their utmost endeavors to capture it; but every effort was bravely repulsed by the governor, Gen. Elliott.

Editors Contribution

  1. Gibraltar

    Gibraltar is from the Arabic Jibril meaning 'Strong one of God' better known as Gabriel.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 16, 2019  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Gibraltar

    From the Arabic designation, Jebel-al-Tarik, the Mountain of Tarik, in honour of Ben Zeyad Tarik, a Moorish General, to whose prowess the conquest of Spain in the eighth century was due.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gibraltar in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gibraltar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Gibraltar in a Sentence

  1. Javad Zarif:

    Unlike the piracy in the Strait of Gibraltar, our action in Persian Gulf is to uphold int' l maritime rules, uK must cease being an accessory to #EconomicTerrorism of The United States.

  2. British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin:

    It is regrettable that since 2012, Spain has chosen to ignore its own commitments, which had included removing its objection to the inclusion of Gibraltar airport in EU aviation legislation.

  3. Clara Monaco:

    It is probable that they swam (into the Mediterranean) and went beyond Gibraltar to hunt, but we do not know why they remained.

  4. Hassan Rouhani:

    We do not seek the continuation of tension with some European countries, should they be committed to international frameworks and give up their wrong actions, including what they did in Gibraltar, they will receive a proportional response from Iran.

  5. Hassan Rouhani:

    A strait for a strait. It can't be that the Strait of Hormuz is free for you and the Strait of Gibraltar is not free for us.

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