- historical region & former kingdom in NE Spain & SW France
- region in NE Spain: 4,024 sq mi (10,422 sq km); cap. Pamplona
Sp. name Na·var′ra
A historical region and former kingdom of southwest Europe in the Pyrenees of northern Spain and southwest France. Inhabited from early times by ancestors of the Basques, it was ruled by a Basque dynasty from the 9th to the 13th century. The southern part was annexed to Spain (1512-1515), while the northern part remained an independent kingdom until it was incorporated into the French crown lands in 1589.