Definition of panama
: a lightweight hat of natural-colored straw hand-plaited of narrow strips from the young leaves of the jipijapa; also : a machine-made imitation of this
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Oh, and there were panama hats and berets (very Chanel, very Che) and a male model carrying a Cuban cigar.
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Origin and Etymology of panama
American Spanish panamá, from Panama, Central America
First Known Use: 1834See Words from the same year
Panamáplay \ˈpa-nə-ˌmä, -ˌmȯ, ˌpa-nə-ˈ; ˌpä-nä-ˈmä\
Definition of Panama
1 country in southernmost Central America between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific; a republic; before 1903 part of Colombia area (including Canal Zone) 30,765 square miles (79,681 square kilometers), population 3,405,813
2 or Panama City city, port on the Gulf of Panama, and capital of Panama population 430,000
3 ship canal 51 miles (82 kilometers) long in central Panama connecting the Atlantic (via the Caribbean Sea) and the Pacific (via the Gulf of Panama)
Panamanianplay \ˌpa-nə-ˈmā-nē-ən\ adjective or noun
PANAMA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of Panama for English Language Learners
: country in Central America
the Isthmus of Panama : strip of land connecting North America and South America
PANAMA Defined for Kids
Definition of Panama for Students
2 or Panama City city, its capital on the Pacific
3 canal 40 mi. (64 km.) long Panama connecting Atlantic & Pacific oceans
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