Papeete

Papeete

[pah-pee-ey-tey, puh-pee-tee]
noun
a city on NW Tahiti, in the Society Islands: capital of the Society Islands and of French Polynesia.
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French Polynesia

noun
a French overseas territory in the S Pacific, including the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, and other scattered island groups. 1544 sq. mi. (4000 sq. km). Capital: Papeete.
Formerly French Oceania.

Society Islands

noun
a group of islands in the S Pacific: a part of French Polynesia; largest island, Tahiti. (Excluding minor islands) 453 sq. mi. (1173 sq. km). Capital: Papeete.

Tahiti

[tuh-hee-tee, tah-]
noun
the principal island of the Society Islands, in the S Pacific. 402 sq. mi. (1041 sq. km). Capital: Papeete.
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French Polynesia
 
n
Former name (until 1958): French Oceania a French Overseas Country (formerly Territory) in the S Pacific Ocean, including the Society Islands, the Tuamotu group, the Gambier group, the Tubuai Islands, and the Marquesas Islands. Capital: Papeete, on Tahiti. Pop: 248 000 (2004 est). Area: about 4000 sq km (1500 sq miles)

Papeete (ˌpɑːpɪˈiːtɪ)
 
n
the capital of French Polynesia, on the NW coast of Tahiti: one of the largest towns in the S Pacific. Pop: 130 000 (2005 est)

Society Islands
 
pl n
a group of islands in the S Pacific: administratively part of French Polynesia; consists of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands; became a French protectorate in 1843 and a colony in 1880. Pop: 214 445 (2002). Area: 1595 sq km (616 sq miles)

Tahiti (təˈhiːtɪ)
 
n
an island in the S Pacific, in the Windward group of the Society Islands: the largest and most important island in French Polynesia; became a French protectorate in 1842 and a colony in 1880. Capital: Papeete. Pop: 169 674 (2002). Area: 1005 sq km (388 sq miles)

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Tahiti definition


Largest island of French Polynesia, located in the south Pacific Ocean.

Note: Attracted by the Polynesian culture and spectacular climate and scenery, both Paul Gauguin and Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Tahiti and expressed its romantic allure through their works.
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