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OTHER SCRIPTS: الجزائر (Arabic), دزاير (Algerian Arabic)
OTHER FORMS: al-Jazā’ir, Alger, Dzayer
Meaning & History
Derived from French Alger
, which is ultimately from Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir)
meaning "The Islands", a plural form of جَزِيرَة (jazīra)
meaning "island". This is a reference to the several islands that were off the coast of the city in the Bay of Algiers before joining the territory's mainland. The root of the city's name is also the basis of the name of the country of Algeria
. Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria, located in its northern coast.