Definitions

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  • proper n. A country in Oceania, to the east of Australia. Official name: New Zealand. Abbreviation: NZ or Aotearoa
  • proper n. The islands of New Zealand, especially the North Island, South Island and nearby coastal islands.
  • proper n. The Realm of New Zealand, including the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
  • n. an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery

Etymologies

From Dutch Nieuw-Zeeland, "new Zeeland", after the Dutch settlement in Batavia, which in turn had been named after the Dutch province of Zeeland. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brisbane, Jan. 25: Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds must wait until Tuesday to learn the extent of possible disciplinary action resulting from his appearance with comedy duo Roy and HG on radio station Triple M on Friday night in which he called New Zealand player Brendon McCullum "a lump of s ..."

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • $4000 (Aus) by Cricket Australia (CA) over his radio interview in which he called New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum a 'lump of s. .t'.

    India eNews

  • It is hard to know where to start: turning up drunk for Australia's one-day international against Bangladesh in Cardiff four years ago; several bar-room fracas; skipping training to go fishing; or a slurring commercial radio interview earlier this year in which he called New Zealand's Brendon McCullum

    Blogposts | guardian.co.uk

  • Our people, the maori race, and the white man, try to make it together, to stomp out injustices in the place we call New Zealand, Aotearoa.

    Maori Claiming Land Back in New Zealand

  • The wreck of the Greek-owned Rena was described as New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster even before the rear section of the ship, lashed by pounding seas, broke away overnight.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The Greek-owned Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef 22km from Tauranga Harbour on North Island on October 5, spewing heavy fuel oil into the seas, fouling pristine beaches and killing up to 20,000 sea birds in what has been described as New Zealand's worst martime environmental disaster.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • More than 20,000 seabirds have already died in what is described as New Zealand's worst ever maritime disaster.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The wreck of the Greek-owned Rena was described as New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster even before the rear section of the ship, lashed by pounding seas, broke away.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • Meanwhile, Quade Cooper is currently holding the title of New Zealand's public enemy No.1 despite being cleared of kneeing Richie McCaw in the Wallabies' Tri-Nations win in Brisbane.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • I studied the program and found it to be nonsense, so I called a New Zealand information operator and asked for any elementary or middle school.

    marconews.com Stories

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