Definition of Libya in English:


proper noun

  • 1A country in North Africa; population 6,300,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Arabic; capital, Tripoli.

    1. 1.1 Ancient North Africa west of Egypt.

Much of Libya forms part of the Sahara Desert, with a narrow coastal plain bordering the Mediterranean; the country has major oil deposits. The area came under Turkish domination in the 16th century, was annexed by Italy in 1912, and became an independent kingdom in 1951