andorra la vella


noun

  1. a republic in the E Pyrenees between France and Spain, under the joint suzerainty of France and the Spanish Bishop of Urgel. 191 sq. mi. (495 sq. km).
  2. Also called An·dor·ra la Ve·lla [Catalan. ahn-dawrrah lah ve-lyah] /Catalan. ɑnˈdɔr rɑ lɑ ˈvɛ lyɑ/. a city in and the capital of this republic.

noun

  1. the capital of Andorra, situated in the west of the principality. Pop: 22 035 (2003 est)Spanish name: Andorra la Vieja (anˈdɔrra la ˈbjexa) French name: Andorre la Vieille (ɑ̃dɔr la vjɛj)

noun

  1. a mountainous principality in SW Europe, between France and Spain: according to tradition, given independence by Charlemagne in the 9th century for helping to fight the Moors; placed under the joint sovereignty of the Comte de Foix and the Spanish bishop of Urgel in 1278; under the joint overlordship of the French head of state and the bishop of Urgel from the 16th century; adopted a constitution reducing the powers of the overlords in 1993. Languages: Catalan (official), French, and Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: euro. Capital: Andorra la Vella. Pop: 85 293 (2013 est). Area: 464 sq km (179 sq miles)Official name: Principat d’Andorra

probably from indigenous (Navarrese) andurrial “shrub-covered land.”

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