Pronunciation: (bu-lēz'),[key] —n. 1. Formerly, British Honduras. a parliamentary democracy in N Central America: a former British crown colony; gained independence 1981. 8867 sq. mi. (22,966 sq. km). Cap.: Belmopan.
2. Also called Belize' Cit'y. a seaport in and the main city of Belize. 45,000.
3. a river flowing NE through Belize to the Gulf of Honduras. 180 mi. (290 km) long.