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Definitions for Uruguay
ˈyʊər əˌgweɪ, -ˌgwaɪ, ˈʊər-uruguay

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Uruguaynoun

    a South American republic on the southeast coast of South America; achieved independence from Brazil in 1825


  1. Uruguaynoun

    a country in South America. Official name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay

  2. Etymology: Disputed; urugua i or uru gua i.


  1. Uruguay

    Uruguay ( (listen); Spanish: [uɾuˈɣwaj] (listen)), officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay or the Eastern Republic of Uruguay (Spanish: República Oriental del Uruguay), is a country in South America. It shares borders with Argentina to its west and southwest and Brazil to its north and northeast; while bordering the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. It is part of the Southern Cone region of South America. Uruguay covers an area of approximately 181,034 square kilometers (69,898 sq mi) and has a population of an estimated 3.4 million, of whom around 2 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. The area that became Uruguay was first inhabited by groups of hunter–gatherers 13,000 years ago. The predominant tribe at the moment of the arrival of Europeans was the Charrúa people, when the Portuguese first established Colónia do Sacramento in 1680; Uruguay was colonized by Europeans late relative to neighboring countries. The Spanish founded Montevideo as a military stronghold in the early 18th century because of the competing claims over the region. Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle between Portugal and Spain, and later Argentina and Brazil. It remained subject to foreign influence and intervention throughout the 19th century, with the military playing a recurring role in domestic politics. A series of economic crises and the political repression against left-wing guerrilla activity in the late 1960s and early 1970s put an end to a democratic period that had begun in the early 20th century, culminating in the 1973 coup d'état, which established a civic-military dictatorship. The military government persecuted leftists, socialists, and political opponents, resulting in deaths and numerous instances of torture by the military; the military relinquished power to a civilian government in 1985. Uruguay is today a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government. Uruguay is ranked first in the Americas for democracy, and first in Latin America in peace, low perception of corruption, and e-government. It is the lowest ranking South American nation in the Global Terrorism Index, and ranks second in the continent on economic freedom, income equality, per-capita income, and inflows of FDI. Uruguay is the third-best country on the continent in terms of Human Development Index, GDP growth, innovation, and infrastructure. Uruguay is regarded as one of the most socially progressive countries in Latin America. It ranks high on global measures of personal rights, tolerance, and inclusion issues, including its acceptance of the LGBT community. The country has legalized cannabis, same-sex marriage, prostitution and abortion. Uruguay is a founding member of the United Nations, OAS, and Mercosur.


  1. uruguay

    Uruguay is a country located in the southeastern region of South America. It shares borders with Brazil to the north and Argentina to the west, with coasts along the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. It is the second-smallest country in South America and is known for its progressive policies, strong democratic governance and high living standards. The capital and largest city is Montevideo. The official language is Spanish and the currency is the Uruguayan peso. The country's economy is characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector, a well-educated workforce and high levels of social spending.


  1. Uruguay

    Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay and sometimes called the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to 3.3 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area. An estimated 88% of the population is of European descent. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres, Uruguay is the second-smallest nation in South America by area, after Suriname. Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest European settlements in the country, was founded by the Portuguese in 1680. Montevideo was founded by the Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold. Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle amongst Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil. It is a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who is both head of state and head of government.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Uruguay

    the smallest State in South America and a republic, formerly called Banda Oriental; lies between the Atlantic and the Uruguay River, and is bounded on the S. by the estuary of the Plata; it covers an area of over 70,000 sq. m., and is little more than one-third the size of France; the mineral wealth is abundant, but little has been done to exploit it; the cultivation of the soil is only begun, and the land is mostly given over to pasture, cattle-rearing and sheep-farming being the chief industries, and the chief products and exports being hides, wool, preserved meats, and similar articles of commerce. The people are mostly natives of mixed race, with some 30 per cent. of Europeans; primary education is compulsory; there are numerous schools, and a university, and though the established religion is Roman Catholic, all others are tolerated. Montevideo is the capital.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. uruguay

    A republic of South America, bounded north and northeast by Brazil, east by the Atlantic, south by the Rio de la Plata, and west by the Uruguay. Banda Oriental was, during the Spanish rule, the name of that portion of the vice-royalty of Buenos Ayres which lay to the east of the river Uruguay, and comprehended the present Uruguay and the territory formerly known as the Seven Missions. When Buenos Ayres declared itself independent of Spain, Banda Oriental formed a part of the new republic. In 1821, however, it was taken possession of by Brazil, and united with that state under the name of Provincia Cisplatina. By the treaty of 1828 between La Plata and Brazil, the southern and larger portion of Banda Oriental was formed into the republic of Uruguay. A civil war broke out in consequence of the invasion of the ex-president, Gen. Venancio Florès, June 26, 1863; Gen. Florès marched towards the capital in June; in February, 1865, Florès became provisional president. During an insurrection of the Blanco party (headed by Berro), at Montevideo, Gen. Florès was assassinated. The troops remained faithful. The insurrection was soon suppressed, and Berro shot, February 19, 1868.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Uruguay

    Expresses the Brazilian for “the golden water.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Uruguay in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Uruguay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Uruguay in a Sentence

  1. Interior Undersecretary Mahmud Aleuy:

    We have issued a red alert to get more resources to the area ... today we have 30 firefighters from Argentina and we are now coordinating with (firefighting) crews in Brazil and Uruguay, though we still don't know when they will arrive.

  2. Joseph Humire:

    The Maduro regime is a strategic ally of Beijing, so in some sense, this was expected, however, this is also happening elsewhere in the region. In a northern province of Argentina, called Jujuy, ZTE has sold a surveillance system with 600 cameras worth around $30 million, in neighboring Uruguay, theyve donated more than 2,000 surveillance cameras to reportedly monitor the borders with Argentina and Brazil. In Brazil, Huawei equipment is embedded in government infrastructure and some agencies,like itsCentral Bank.

  3. Adriana Garcia Da Rosa:

    Uruguay's population responded well and abided by government regulations, making it possible to control the pandemic effectively.

  4. Sergei Dankvert:

    In our shops now you can find cheese from Uruguay and Paraguay, dairy products from Chile, and a range of African countries, notably Tunisia and Morocco, have increased their deliveries of oysters.

  5. Antoine Griezmann:

    We must not expect that much from him in the quarter-finals, because Uruguay will be ready for him.

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