Definition of Eritrea in US English:

Eritrea

proper noun

  • An independent state in northeastern Africa, on the Red Sea; population 5,200,000 (estimated 2015); language, Tigre and Cushitic languages; capital, Asmara.

    Eritrea was an Italian colony from 1890 to 1952, when it became part of Ethiopia. After a long guerrilla war it became internally self-governing in 1991 and fully independent in 1993

Origin

From Italian, from Latin Mare Erythraeum ‘the Red Sea’.

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