Mariana Islands

Mariana Islands
a chain of coral and volcanic islands in Micronesia (including Guam and the Northern Marianas) halfway between New Guinea and Japan; discovered by Magellan in 1521
Syn: ↑Marianas, ↑Ladrone Islands
Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago
Part Holonyms: ↑Micronesia, ↑Federated States of Micronesia, ↑TT
Part Meronyms: ↑Northern Marianas, ↑Northern Mariana Islands, ↑Guam, ↑GU

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the Marianas [the Marianas] (also the Mariana Islands ; )
a group of islands in the north-west Pacific Ocean. The US got them from Spain in 1898 after the ↑Spanish-American War. The most southern island is ↑Guam, where most of the inhabitants live.

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  • Mariana Islands — [mer΄ē an′ə, mar΄ē an΄ə] group of islands in the W Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippines: it includes Guam and the U.S. commonwealth of the NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS: formerly (except Guam) a Japanese possession and (1947 86) part of the Trust… …   English World dictionary

  • Mariana Islands — • The Marianas Archipelago (also called the Ladrone Islands) is a chain of fifteen islands in the Northern Pacific, first discovered in 1521 by Magellan Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Mariana Islands — For other uses, see Mariana. Mariana Islands at map right, east of the Philippine Sea, and just west of the Mariana Trench in the ocean floor. The Mariana Islands (also the Marianas; up to the early 20th century sometimes called Ladrones Islands …   Wikipedia

  • Mariana Islands — /mair ee an euh, mar , mair , mar /; Sp. /mah rddee ah nah/ a group of 15 small islands in the Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a possession of the U.S., and the North Marianas, formally under U.S. trusteeship. 453 sq. mi. (1127… …   Universalium

  • Mariana Islands — /mæriˌanə ˈaɪləndz/ (say maree.ahnuh uyluhndz) plural noun 1. Also, Marianas. a group of fifteen small islands in the Pacific, east of the Philippine Islands, forming two separate US dependencies. 1006 km2. Formerly (1521–1668), Ladrone Islands,… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Mariana Islands — or formerly Ladrone Islands geographical name islands W Pacific S of Bonin Islands; comprise commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands & Guam …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Mariana Islands — Mar′i•an′a Is′lands [[t]ˈmɛər iˈæn ə, ˈmær , ˌmɛər , ˌmær [/t]] n. pl. geg a group of 15 islands in the W Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a U.S. possession, and the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 396 sq. mi. (1026 …   From formal English to slang

  • Mariana Islands, Prefecture Apostolic of —     Prefecture Apostolic of Mariana Islands     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Prefecture Apostolic of Mariana Islands     The Marianas Archipelago (also called the Ladrone Islands) is a chain of fifteen islands in the Northern Pacific, situated… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Mariana Islands — n. chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean …   English contemporary dictionary

  • MARIANA ISLANDS —    See LADRONES …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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