Definition of Somoza in English:


proper noun

  • 1The name of a family of Nicaraguan statesmen.

    1. 1.1Anastasio(1896–1956), president 1937–47 and 1951–56; full name Anastasio Somoza García. He took presidential office following a military coup in 1936 and ruled Nicaragua as a virtual dictator.
    2. 1.2Luis(1922–67), president 1957–63; son of Anastasio; full name Luis Somoza Debayle.
    3. 1.3Anastasio(1925–80), president 1967–79; younger brother of Luis; full name Anastasio Somoza Debayle. His dictatorial regime was overthrown by the Sandinistas, and he was assassinated while in exile in Paraguay.