Definition of Venezuela in English:


proper noun

  • A republic on the north coast of South America, with a coastline on the Caribbean Sea; population 31,100,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Spanish; capital, Caracas. Official name Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, Venezuela won its independence in 1821 after a ten-year struggle, but did not finally emerge as a separate nation until its secession from federation with Colombia (1830). It is a major oil-exporting country, with the industry based on the area around Lake Maracaibo in the north-west


Spanish, literally ‘little Venice’, named by early explorers when they saw native houses built on stilts over water.