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Nauru

[nah-oo-roo] /nɑˈu ru/
noun
1.
Republic of, an island republic in the Pacific, near the equator, W of the Gilbert Islands: administered by Australia before 1968. 8¼ sq. mi. (21 sq. km).
Formerly Pleasant Island.
Related forms
Nauruan, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nauruan

Nauru

/nɑːˈuːruː/
noun
1.
an island republic in the SW Pacific, west of Kiribati: administered jointly by Australia, New Zealand, and Britain as a UN trust territory before becoming independent in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth (formerly a special member not represented at all meetings, until 1999). The economy is based on export of phosphates. Languages: Nauruan (a Malayo-Polynesian language) and English. Religion: Christian. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Yaren. Pop: 9 434 (2013 est). Area: 2130 hectares (5263 acres) Former name Pleasant Island

Nauruan

/nɑːˈuːruːən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Nauru, its inhabitants, or their language
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Nauru
3.
the Malayo-Polynesian language of Nauru
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Word Origin and History for nauruan

Nauru

of unknown origin; formerly known as Pleasant Island (1798). Related: Nauruan (1921).

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