Definition of Libya in US English:


proper noun

  • 1A country in North Africa, in the Sahara Desert, with a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea; population 6,300,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Tripoli; official language, Arabic.

    The area came under Turkish domination in the 16th century, was annexed by Italy in 1912, and became an independent kingdom in 1951. The monarchy was overthrown in 1969, and the country emerged with a radical revolutionary leadership. In 2003, the government announced it would cease its program to develop weapons of mass destruction. Libya has major oil deposits

    1. 1.1 Ancient northern Africa west of Egypt.