country in Central America, southwest of Honduras, on the Pacific: declared itself independent from Spain in 1821; became a fully independent republic in 1841: 8,124 sq mi (21,041 sq km); pop. 5,048,000; cap. San Salvador
See El Salvador in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A country of Central America bordering on the Pacific Ocean. Conquered by Spain in 1524, the region gained its independence in 1821, joined (1825-1838) a federation of Central American states, and became a separate republic in 1839. The country was ruled by a series of military governments from 1931 to 1979 and was embroiled in a civil war from 1980 to 1992. San Salvador is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,950,000.
El Salˌva·dorˈi·an(sălˌvə-dôrˈē-ən, -dōrˈ-) adjective & n.