noun, plural Sandinistas
[san-duh-nee-stuh z; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tahs] /ˌsæn dəˈni stəz; Spanish ˌsɑn diˈnis tɑs/ (Show IPA)
a member of the Nicaraguan revolutionary movement that took control of Nicaragua in 1979.
noun (in Nicaragua)

one of a left-wing group of revolutionaries who overthrew President Somoza in 1979 and formed a socialist coalition government. The Sandinistas were opposed militarily by the US-backed Contras during the 1980s and were defeated in a general election in 1990
(as modifier): the Sandinista revolution


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