Somalia

geographical name
So·​ma·​lia | \sō-ˈmä-lē-ə, sə-, -ˈmäl-yə\

Definition of Somalia 

country in eastern Africa bordering on the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean and crossed by the Equator in the far south; capital Mogadishu area 246,154 square miles (637,539 square kilometers), population 10,250,000

Note: Somalia was formed in 1960 by the union of British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland.

Other Words from Somalia

Somalian \ -​ˈmä-​lē-​ən , -​ˈmäl-​yən \ adjective or noun

Learn More about Somalia

Dictionary Entries near Somalia

somaesthesia

somal

Somali

Somalia

Somaliland

somalo

soman

Statistics for Somalia

Look-up Popularity

More from Merriam-Webster on Somalia

Spanish Central: Translation of Somalia

Britannica English: Translation of Somalia for Arabic Speakers

Comments on Somalia

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to clear from alleged fault or guilt

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

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!