A city of east-central Mexico on the Gulf of Mexico east of Puebla. Founded in 1599 on a site visited earlier (1519) by Hernando Cortés, it was frequently sacked by buccaneers in the 1600s and 1700s. US troops led by Gen. Winfield Scott captured the city in 1847 during the Mexican War. It is a large port and a tourist resort.
(place) State of Mexico, on the E coast: 28,114 sq mi (72,815 sq km); cap. Jalapa.
(place) Seaport in this state.
Origin of veracruz
- Sp, lit., true cross
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition