Definition of Somoza in US English:


proper noun

  • 1The name of a family of Nicaraguan statesmen.

    1. 1.1 Anastasio (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. 1.2 Luis (1922–67), president 1957–63, son of Anastasio; full name Luis Somoza Debayle.
    3. 1.3 Anastasio (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.