Definition of “banana republic” - English Dictionary

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“banana republic” in British English

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banana republicnoun [ C ]

uk /bəˌnɑː.nə rɪˈpʌb.lɪk/ us /bəˌnæn.ə rɪˈpʌb.lɪk/ disapproving offensive

a small country, especially in South and Central America, that is poor, corrupt, and badly ruled

(Definition of “banana republic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)