Meaning of Belize in English:


Pronunciation /bɛˈliːz/

Translate Belize into Spanish

proper noun

  • A country on the Caribbean coast of Central America; population 359,000 (estimated 2015); languages, English (official), Creole, Spanish; capital, Belmopan.

    Former name (until 1973) British Honduras

Proclaimed as a British Crown Colony in 1862, Belize became an independent Commonwealth state in 1981. Guatemala, which bounds it on the west and south, has always claimed the territory on the basis of old Spanish treaties, although in 1992 it agreed to recognize the existence of Belize


Named after a river with a Mayan name meaning ‘muddy water’.