from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The islands of the southern Pacific Ocean, including Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea.
- Broadly, all of Oceania.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and neighbouring islands
- proper n. all of Oceania
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geography, a general name for Australia, Papua, Tasmania, and the neighboring islands.
- n. In zoögeog., a division comprising the islands and insular groups south of Asia: synonymous with Austrogæa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific
The name was coined by Charles de Brosses in Histoire des navigations aux terres australes 1756. He derived it from the Latin for “south of Asia” (Wiktionary)