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

  • An island of western India in the Arabian Sea northwest of Mumbai (Bombay). A Portuguese possession after 1535, Diu was invaded by India in 1961 and annexed the following year. It is now part of the union territory of Daman and Diu.


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  • After all, the churches and bastions in Diu are ruins not because they represent an idea that failed but because they represent no idea at all, whereas India has been an idea since Gandhi’s Salt March in 1930.

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  • Nouember, after we had passed the coast of Zindi, is called Diu, which standeth in an Iland in the kingdome of Cambaia, and is the strongest towne that the Portugales haue in those partes.

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  • "Diu," indicating the splendor of heaven or of day.

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  • "Union territories such as Diu and Daman, and the territory of the SEZs come under the central government."


  • From Diu I hired a car and drove two hours westward along the coast to Somnath, site of the Hindu temple destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni, as well as by other invaders, and rebuilt for the seventh time starting in 1947.

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  • All of these other firangis the Portuguese Jesuits had fought hotly in skirmishes around the Empire, slowly acquiring the lands on the western coast—Bombay, Daman, Diu, and Goa, at the last of which was the seat of the Portuguese Viceroy to India.

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  • Diu! ppl arive that time u no fark 9 ppl ... now die edi u fake fake sad pulak!

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  • They constructed an armed fleet, which was defeated by the Portuguese in a battle at Diu in 1509.

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  • The naval officials said the submarine was submerged and had its radars off and periscope down when it slammed into the ship off India's Diu island, 400 nautical miles from Mumbai.

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  • The head of the village council on Diu island, who saw Mr. Singh's body before it was cremated, said his throat had been slashed.

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