Definition of Venezuela in English:

Venezuela

Translate Venezuela into Spanish

proper noun

  • A republic on the northern coast of South America, on the Caribbean Sea; population 31,100,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Caracas; language, Spanish (official). Official name Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

    Colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, Venezuela won its independence in 1821 after a ten-year struggle. It did not, however, emerge as a separate nation until its secession from federation with Colombia in 1830. It is a major oil-exporting country, with the industry based on the area around Lake Maracaibo in the northwest

Pronunciation

Venezuela

/ˌvenəzˈwālə/ /ˌvɛnəzˈweɪlə/

Origin

Spanish, literally ‘little Venice’, named by early explorers when they saw native houses built on stilts over water.