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[aw-streyl-yuh] /ɔˈstreɪl yə/
a continent SE of Asia, between the Indian and the Pacific oceans. 2,948,366 sq. mi. (7,636,270 sq. km).
Commonwealth of, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of the federated states and territories of Australia and Tasmania. 2,974,581 sq. mi. (7,704,165 sq. km).
Capital: Canberra. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for Australia
  • It is now held as part of the record of the history of the performing arts in Australia.
  • There are about eighty brokers and agents throughout Australia.
  • All others were consolation victories when the ashes had been secured by Australia.
  • The office of governorgeneral was previously used during colonial times in Australia.
  • Known as the alp for short, the party is the current governing party of Australia.
  • Government attacks were also launched against the iww in Australia.
  • There are also some two and three rounds professional bouts, especially in Australia.
  • This was one of the earliest examples of the use of diesel power generation in Australia.
  • This was to facilitate construction of the national museum of Australia.
  • Catfish fossils are known from every continent except Australia.
British Dictionary definitions for Australia


a country and the smallest continent, situated between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific: a former British colony, now an independent member of the Commonwealth, constitutional links with Britain formally abolished in 1986; consists chiefly of a low plateau, mostly arid in the west, with the basin of the Murray River and the Great Dividing Range in the east and the Great Barrier Reef off the NE coast. Official language: English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: dollar. Capital: Canberra. Pop: 23 029 674 (2013 est). Area: 7 682 300 sq km (2 966 150 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Australia
17c., from L. Terra Australis (16c.), from australis "southern," from auster "south wind," metaphorically extended to "south," but based on PIE word for "east" (see aurora), perhaps on false assumption about the orientation of Italy (or perhaps the connection is more ancient, through the "burning" dawn and the "hot" south wind). Aussie for "Australian" first recorded 1917.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Australia in Culture

Australia definition

Nation occupying the whole of Australia, the smallest continent, between the Indian Ocean and the southwest Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney.

Note: The first settlements there were penal colonies for British convicts.
Note: Its aboriginal tribes, which still exist today (see aborigines), are thought to have migrated from Southeast Asia twenty thousand years ago.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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