from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A French overseas territory in the southwest Pacific Ocean consisting of the island of New Caledonia and several smaller islands. The island of New Caledonia was sighted and named by Capt. James Cook in 1774 and annexed by France in 1853. It was a penal colony from 1864 to 1922. Nouméa is the capital.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun Overseas territory of France in Oceania. Official name: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies.
  • proper noun historical A district of the west coast of British North America traded by the Hudson's Bay Company. It became the colony of British Columbia in 1858.
  • proper noun historical A short-lived (1698-1700) Scottish colony in Panama, around Darien (which was renamed New Edinburgh as its capital)

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

  • noun an island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New Zealand


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