See also: spáin, spàin, and 'spáin

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Location of Spain in the Iberian peninsula.

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From Middle English Spayne, from Anglo-Norman Espayne, from Late Latin Spania, from earlier Latin Hispānia. Doublet of Hispanic.

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Spain

  1. A country in Southern Europe, including most of the Iberian peninsula. Official name: Kingdom of Spain. Capital and largest city: Madrid.
    • 1865, James Stuart Laurie, editor, Manual of Elementary Geography, page 40:
      The mountains of Spain consist of parallel ranges, running from east to west []
    • 1999, Stephen P. Reyna, "The Force of Two Logics", in S. P. Reyna & R. E. Downs (editors), Deadly Developments: Capitalism, states and war (War and Scoiety, volume 5), page 34
      Spain fought with France constantly from 1494 through the 1540s, especially over Italy.
  2. An English ethnic surname transferred from the nickname for someone with Spanish ancestry.

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