Definition of Guatemala in English:


proper noun

  • A country in Central America, bordering on the Pacific Ocean and with a short coastline on the Caribbean Sea; population 16,300,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Spanish; capital, Guatemala City.

A former centre of Mayan civilization, Guatemala was conquered by the Spanish in 1523–4. After independence it formed the core of the short-lived United Provinces of Central America (1828–38) before becoming an independent republic in its own right