(1) A parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
, from Late Latin Spania
, from earlier Latin Hispania
, from Greek Spania
(Ἱσπανια), from Phoenician i-shaphanim
, literally 'hyrax isle', as the native wild rabbits were mistaken for hyraxes.
- Country in Europe. Member state of the European Union. Official name: Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España).