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[mahr-tn-eek] /ˌmɑr tnˈik/
an island in the E West Indies; an overseas department of France. 425 sq. mi. (1100 sq. km).
Capital: Fort-de-France.
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[mahr-tn-ee-kuh n] /ˌmɑr tnˈi kən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He knew the owners would have wanted him to go to the relief of the folks of Martinique.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • We will demand of them an account of our brethren in Cayenne, in Guadaloupe, and in Martinique.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • He had no sooner landed in Martinique, than the news spread that negotiations had begun between England and France.

    The Empress Josephine Louise Muhlbach
  • A native of Martinique gave me this as the derivation of the word.

  • Among their laborers were five hundred black slaves, purchased at Antigua and Martinique.

  • Their old neighbours told me they had been gone to Martinique, about a twelvemonth.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • In the back room, Mr. Deluc; described as a cigar agent, and supposed to be a Creole gentleman from Martinique.

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
  • It was a mulatto, from Martinique, who was Mr. Osgood's steward; and I helped him in.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • In Martinique it took three revolts and a civil war to bring freedom.

    The Negro W.E.B. Du Bois
  • An attack on Martinique at midsummer was, however, a failure.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
British Dictionary definitions for Martinique


an island in the E Caribbean, in the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles: administratively an overseas region of France. Capital: Fort-de-France. Pop: 403 795 (2007 est). Area: 1090 sq km (420 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Martinique in Culture
Martinique [(mahrt-n-eek)]

Island in the eastern West Indies; an overseas part of France.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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