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banana republic

nounUsually Disparaging.

any of the small countries in the tropics, especially in the Western Hemisphere, whose economies are largely dependent on fruit exports, tourism, and foreign investors.

Words nearby banana republic

banana bender, banana family, banana oil, banana plug, banana prawn, banana republic, banana republics, banana seat, banana shrub, banana skin, banana slug

Origin of banana republic

First recorded in 1930–35

usage note for banana republic

This term typically refers to a dictatorship that exploits agricultural workers.

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British Dictionary definitions for banana republics

banana republic


derogatorya small country, esp in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas

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Cultural definitions for banana republics

banana republics

A term describing any of several small nations in Latin America that have economies based on a few agricultural crops.

notes for banana republics

The term banana republic is often used in a disparaging sense; it suggests an unstable government.

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