Usage Arabic, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog
Pronounced Pron. koo-WIET(Arabic, Italian, Spanish) koo-WAYT(English) kuw-WAYT(English) KOO-wiet(Finnish) KOO-viet(German) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsKuwayt (Arabic)
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Meaning & History
Of uncertain meaning, possibly from the alleged Arabic root ك و ت (k-w-t) or from a word meaning "fortress built near water". This is the name of a country in Western Asia, usually written with the definite article: الكويت (al-Kuwait) in Arabic.