Algiers



a seaport in and the capital of Algeria, in the N part.
one of the former Barbary States in N Africa: now modern Algeria.
a republic in NW Africa: formerly comprised 13 departments of France; gained independence 1962. 919,352 sq. mi. (2,381,122 sq. km).
Capital: Algiers.
Contemporary Examples

“People are now planting bombs in the tramways of Algiers,” he said in 1957, when he was in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize.
Why Albert Camus Remains Controversial Adam Kirsch October 19, 2013

We fought our first foreign war in Algiers to defeat the Barbary pirates.
The Algeria Powder Keg Bruce Riedel January 20, 2013

They avoid the public limelight and are known in Algiers as le pouvoir, the power behind the scenes.
The Algeria Powder Keg Bruce Riedel January 20, 2013

The police state system that propped up dictators from Algiers to Islamabad for decades was unsustainable.
Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea Bruce Riedel November 8, 2014

John Kerry can expect many more trips to Algiers in his time as secretary of state.
The Algeria Powder Keg Bruce Riedel January 20, 2013

Historical Examples

This sufficed not only for Tunis, but also for Tripoli and Algiers.
The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660 David Masson

I didn’t come on at Algiers, so I don’t know anything about it.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

In the treaty with Algiers occurred a passage that gave great offence to his friends at home, and to Federalists in general.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865 Various

He compelled Algiers to prevent her pirates from preying upon our commerce.
The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle

If Susan genuinely wished to go to Algiers by the public steamer, then she would have to go on the yacht.
The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens

noun
the capital of Algeria, an ancient port on the Mediterranean; until 1830 a centre of piracy. Pop: 3 260 000 (2005 est) Arabic name Al-Jezair (ˌældʒɛˈzɑːɪə) French name Alger (alʒe)
noun
a republic in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean: became independent in 1962, after more than a century of French rule; one-party constitution adopted in 1976; religious extremists led a campaign of violence from 1988 until 2000; consists chiefly of the N Sahara, with the Atlas Mountains in the north, and contains rich deposits of oil and natural gas. Official languages: Arabic and Berber; French also widely spoken. Religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Algiers. Pop: 38 087 812 (2013 est). Area: about 2 382 800 sq km (920 000 sq miles) French name Algérie (alʒeri)

North African country, named for Algiers, city chosen by the French as its capital when they colonized it in 1830 + Latinate “country” suffix -ia. The city name is Arabic al-Jazair, literally “the islands,” in reference to four islands formerly off the coast but joined to the mainland since 1525. A resident of the place formerly was an Algerine (1650s), and the word was practically synonymous with “pirate” in English and U.S. usage early 19c.
Algiers [(al-jeerz)]

Capital of Algeria and largest city in the country, located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Republic in northwest Africa, bordered to the north by the Mediterranean Sea, to the east by Tunisia and Libya, to the south by Niger and Mali, and to the west by Mauritania and Morocco. Its capital and largest city is Algiers.

Note: Colonized by France in the nineteenth century, Algeria was involved in a long and bloody battle for independence, gaining full autonomy in the early 1960s.

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