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Spain definition


This page has 3 definitions of Spain in English. Spain is a proper noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: spáin, spàin, and 'spáin



Location of Spain in the Iberian peninsula.

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From Middle English Spayne, from Anglo-Norman Espayne, from Late Latin Spania, from earlier Latin Hispānia, from Ancient Greek Ἱσπανία (Hispanía) (see Latin Hispānia for more). Doublet of Hispanic.


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  1. A country in Europe, including most of the Iberian peninsula. Official name: Kingdom of Spain
    • 1865, James Stuart Laurie, editor, Manual of Elementary Geography, page 40:
      The mountains of Spain consist of parallel ranges, running from east to west []
    • 1999, Stephen P. Reyna, "The Force of Two Logics", in S. P. Reyna & R. E. Downs (editors), Deadly Developments: Capitalism, states and war (War and Scoiety, volume 5), page 34
      Spain fought with France constantly from 1494 through the 1540s, especially over Italy.
  2. An English ethnic surname transferred from the nickname for someone with Spanish ancestry.


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