Definitions

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

  • Formerly New Heb·ri·des (no͞o hĕbˈrĭ-dēzˌ, nyo͞o)Vanuatu An island country of the southern Pacific Ocean east of northern Australia. Inhabited primarily by Melanesian peoples, the islands were first sighted by the Portuguese in 1606 and charted by Capt. James Cook in 1774. Under joint French and British control after 1906, New Hebrides achieved independence as Vanuatu in 1980. Port-Vila, on Efate Island, is the capital. Population: 212,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Oceania. Official name: Republic of Vanuatu.

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  • n. a volcanic island republic in Melanesia; independent since 1980

Etymologies

From Bislama Vanuatu. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The beaches in Vanuatu are better than anything we have in Australia.

    2009 September — Fusion Despatches

  • "Jesus & The Eightfold Path" was first written when I was living in Vanuatu, and as recently as a week ago I was talking to Jason

    Lavie Tidhar's 'Jesus vs. the Volcano'

  • She and her husband have worked in Vanuatu, South Pacific since 1991 during which time she worked as a literacy and Bible translation trainer.

    Orality and translation: focusing on images rather than words

  • The people of low-lying islands in Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution, but the land still juts above the sea.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • You may remember the name Vanuatu from one of the "Survivor" episodes, literally.

    CNN Transcript Oct 7, 2009

  • The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study measuring people’s wellbeing and their impact on the environment.

    Introducing the ‘Happiest Country on Earth’ | Impact Lab

  • One famous cult on the island of Tanna in the New Hebrides (known as Vanuatu since 1980) is still extant.

    The God Delusion

  • I mean, Halliburton, we found out a couple of weeks ago, so much of their money in offshore companies, a virtual litany of places to hide your money is where they have their money in Liechtenstein, and Panama and the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas and a place called Vanuatu which I have never even heard of.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2004

  • Michener's Pulitzer Prize - winning collection of stories drew on his experiences as a World War II naval officer on Espiritu Santo (now called Vanuatu), in the New Hebrides Islands.

    The Seattle Times

  • The stories were based on observations and anecdotes he acquired while stationed as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy on the island of Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands (now known as Vanuatu).

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