Namibia

geographical name
Na·​mib·​ia | \ nə-ˈmi-bē-ə How to pronounce Namibia (audio) \
variants: or formerly South-West Africa or 1884–1919 German Southwest Africa

Definition of Namibia

country on the Atlantic Ocean in southwestern Africa that is bisected by the Tropic of Capricorn; capital Windhoek area 318,321 square miles (824,451 square kilometers), population 2,113,077

Note: Until 1990 Namibia was a territory administered by South Africa, which captured it from Germany in World War I.

Other Words from Namibia

Namibian \ nə-​ˈmi-​bē-​ən How to pronounce Namibian (audio) , -​byən \ adjective or noun

More from Merriam-Webster on Namibia

Spanish Central: Translation of Namibia

Britannica English: Translation of Namibia for Arabic Speakers

Comments on Namibia

What made you want to look up Namibia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!