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Christmas Island

noun
1.
an Australian island in the Indian Ocean, about 190 miles (300 km) S of Java. 52 sq. mi. (135 sq. km).
2.
one of the Line Islands, in Kiribati (Gilbert Islands), in the central Pacific; sovereignty disputed by U.S.: largest atoll in the Pacific; former U.S. test center for nuclear warheads. About 220 sq. mi. (575 sq. km).
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  • On December 24th he fell in with Christmas Island, which he so named from the season.

  • His authority is absolute and he has come to be called the King of Christmas Island.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • Don't you remember what happened to the passengers of the Aeon, when that steamer was wrecked on Christmas Island?

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • Two or three hundred when we have been cutting-in a whale; two or three thousand in Christmas Island lagoon.

  • I looked around and there stood the King of Christmas Island.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • Then, together, the royal family was going back to Christmas Island on one of the king's ships.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • Christmas Island discovered, and Station of the Ships there.

  • As Christmas was spent here, the name of Christmas Island was given to the new discovery.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • Christmas Island lies much to the north of the Paumotu group!

    Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild
British Dictionary definitions for Christmas Island

Christmas Island

noun
1.
the former name (until 1981) of Kiritimati
2.
an island in the Indian Ocean, south of Java: administered by Singapore (1900–58), now by Australia; phosphate mining. Pop: 1496 (2013 est). Area: 135 sq km (52 sq miles)
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