Gi·​bral·​tar jə-ˈbrȯl-tər How to pronounce Gibraltar (audio)
: an impregnable stronghold

Word History


Gibraltar, fortress in the British colony of Gibraltar

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gibraltar was in 1776

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Cite this Entry

“Gibraltar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Gi·​bral·​tar jə-ˈbrȯl-tər How to pronounce Gibraltar (audio)
town and port at the Strait of Gibraltar on the Rock of Gibraltar; a British colony and military base area 2.5 square miles (6.5 square kilometers), population 31,000
Gibraltarian noun

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