country in Central America, with coastlines on the Pacific & the Caribbean: 43,278 sq mi (112,090 sq km); cap. Tegucigalpa
A country of northern Central America. Originally inhabited by a Mayan civilization, Honduras was colonized by the Spanish in the early 1500s and gained its independence along with Mexico in 1821. Part of a short-lived confederation of Central American states, Honduras became a separate republic in 1838. Tegucigalpa is the capital and the largest city.
Spanish honduras ("depths", referring to the deep waters off the northern coast)