Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A province of Indonesia occupying the western half of New Guinea and about 12 offshore islands. Before it was ceded to Indonesia by the Netherlands in 1963, it was known as Dutch New Guinea. It was renamed Irian Jaya in 1973.

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Examples

  • The sparsely populated island of New Guinea, the second largest island in the world after Greenland, is divided between two countries: the independent nation of Papua New Guinea in the east, and the Indonesian Papua -- formally known as Irian Jaya -- in the west.

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  • One project that holds tremendous promise for Indonesia's future in worldwide LNG markets is BP's Tangguh project in Papua province (also known as Irian Jaya).

    Energy profile of Indonesia

  • They visited areas plagued by conflict: Ambon, West Papua formerly known as Irian Jaya, and Aceh, where Muslim hard-liners were fighting for a separate Islamic state: Both of them were impressed by the lack of security, the support and extent of Muslim population and the obscurity provided by the density of the forests.

    Seeds of Terror

  • Separatists declared West Papua, formally called Irian Jaya, an independent state.

    2000, Feb. 13

  • Greenland, is divided between two countries: the independent nation of Papua New Guinea in the east, and the Indonesian Papua -- formally known as Irian Jaya -- in the west.

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  • Formerly known as Irian Jaya, it is Indonesia's poorest region

    BBC Ouch! Blog

  • At the time of independence, the Dutch retained control over the western half of New Guinea (known as Irian Jaya in the Soekarno and Soeharto eras and as Papua since 2000) and permitted steps toward self-government and independence.

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  • Indonesia's second-largest supermarket chain, PT Matahari Putra Prima, plans to quintuple its number of stores, setting up on the eastern islands of Ambon and Irian Jaya.

    Chasing the Commodities Boom

  • Matahari plans to open stores in places as far away as Ambon and Irian Jaya at the eastern end of its archipelago.

    Indonesia's Matahari Rides Growth Boom

  • Mr. MO ROCCA Host, "Foodography": The Indonesian province of Irian Jaya received electricity only 30 years ago.

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