Definition of Costa Rica in US English:

Costa Rica

proper noun

  • A republic in Central America on the Isthmus of Panama, with coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; population 5,400,000 (estimated 2015); capital, San José; language, Spanish.

    Colonized by Spain in the early 16th century, Costa Rica achieved independence in 1823 and emerged as a separate country in 1838

Origin

Spanish, literally ‘rich coast’.

Pronunciation

Costa Rica

/ˌkoʊstə ˈrɪkə//ˌkōstə ˈrikə/