Dominican Republic - Etymology

Etymology

Its name is derived from the capital city Santo Domingo, which was named by Bartholomew Columbus on August 5, 1498 as La Nueva Isabela, Santo Domingo del Puerto de la Isla de la Española, named either or both after the sacred day Sunday (the Latin word Dominicus means "the Lord's (day)") and Saint Dominic, whose feast day is August 4.

The demonym or adjective is "Dominican" in English. The syllable stress is on the first "i" to distinguish it from same word used in reference to the Commonwealth of Dominica, in which case the stress is on the second "i".

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