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GIBRALTAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Gibraltar mean? 

GIBRALTAR (noun)
  The noun GIBRALTAR has 1 sense:

1. location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules

  Familiarity information: GIBRALTAR used as a noun is very rare.


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GIBRALTAR (noun)


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Meaning:

Location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Calpe; Gibraltar; Rock of Gibraltar

Instance hypernyms:

colony; settlement (a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government)

foreland; head; headland; promontory (a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea))

Meronyms (members of "Gibraltar"):

Gibraltarian (a native or inhabitant of Gibraltar)

Holonyms ("Gibraltar" is a part of...):

Europe (the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles)

Pillars of Hercules (the two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; according to legend they were formed by Hercules)


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