The flag of Belize.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- country in Central America, on the Caribbean: formerly a British colony & territory, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth (1981): 8,866 sq mi (22,963 sq km); pop. 184,000; cap. Belmopan
- seaport on the coast of this country: pop. 48,000also called Belize City
- Belizean adjective, noun
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- Formerly British Honduras. A country of Central America on the Caribbean Sea. A British colony in the late 19th century, it became self-governing in 1964 and independent in 1981. Belmopan is the capital. Population: 294,000.
- also Belize City. The largest city of Belize, in the eastern part of the country on the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the Belize River. It was devastated by a hurricane in 1961. The capital was moved from here to Belmopan in 1970. Population: 63,700.