tonga Unabridged


a Polynesian kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the S Pacific, NE of New Zealand: a former British protectorate. About 270 sq. mi. (700 sq. km). Capital: Nukualofa.
Also called Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands.


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tonga (ˈtɒŋɡə)
a light two-wheeled vehicle used in rural areas of India
[C19: from Hindi tāngā]

Tonga1 (ˈtɒŋɡə, ˈtɒŋə)
n , -gas, -ga
1.  a member of a Negroid people of S central Africa, living chiefly in Zambia and Zimbabwe
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family

Tonga2 (ˈtɒŋə, ˈtɒŋɡə)
Also called: Friendly Islands a kingdom occupying an archipelago of more than 150 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji: inhabited by Polynesians; became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Tongan and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pa'anga. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Pop: 104 000 (2004 est). Area: 750 sq km (290 sq miles)

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