an island in the Netherlands Antilles, in the West Indies, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 69 sq. mi. (179 sq. km).
Aruba (əˈruːbə, Dutch ɑˈryːbaː)
an island in the Caribbean, off the NW coast of Venezuela, a dependency of the Netherlands with special status; part of the Netherlands Antilles until 1986. Chief town: Oranjestad. Pop: 100 000 (2003 est). Area: about 181 sq km (70 sq miles)