mi·​cro·​state | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌstāt How to pronounce microstate (audio) \

Definition of microstate

: a nation that is extremely small in area and population

Examples of microstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shooter Alessandra Perilli — one of just five Sammarinese athletes at the Olympics — is the new hero of the microstate, which has a population of 34,000, after winning a bronze medal in the women's trap. Helen Regan, Aditi Sangal And Adam Renton, CNN, 30 July 2021 Why is Flo Rida at Eurovision, representing a tiny, eight-mile long microstate in Italy's Apennine Mountains? Rob Picheta, CNN, 21 May 2021 Epic Andorra is giving outdoor enthusiasts a new way to appreciate the microstate. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2021 The competition featured an unlikely appearance from American rapper Flo Rida, who arrived for a guest verse on the song by tiny microstate San Marino. Rob Picheta, CNN, 23 May 2021 What started as a haven for Christians escaping persecution by the Roman Empire eventually became an assiduously neutral microstate. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 The fact that Belgium, led by Sophie Wilmès, was notching up the world’s highest rate of Covid-19 deaths per million population for any country (other than a microstate in northern Italy). Hilda Bastian, Wired, 1 July 2020 In 1995, Stephen Boland sat in his government office while working as the macroeconomic planner for the Pacific microstate of Tuvalu when the fax machine whirred to life. Alexander Lee, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2019 But wiring up a rich microstate like Singapore or San Marino is a doddle compared with doing the same in sparsely populated Scotland. The Economist, 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of microstate

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Microstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microstate. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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