Origin: after the Gibraltar
- small peninsula at the southern tip of Spain, extending into the Mediterranean: 2.5 sq mi (6.5 sq km); it consists mostly of a rocky hill (), 1,396 ft (426 m) high
- British crown colony, including a port & naval base, on this peninsula: pop. 28,000
- strait between Spain & Morocco, joining the Mediterranean & the Atlantic: c. 35 mi (56 km) long
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- Gi·bralˌtarˈi·an adjective & n.
gibraltar - Cultural Definition
- Located on the Rock of Gibraltar, a huge limestone mass.
- Spain has protested British control of Gibraltar, but the dispute has remained unsettled for years.
- Location of an important military base; strategically significant because it can be used to keep ships from entering or leaving the Mediterranean Sea.
- Its seeming impregnability as a fortress during several wars led to the saying: “solid as the Rock of Gibraltar.”