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

  • The islands of the southern, western, and central Pacific Ocean, including Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The term is sometimes extended to encompass Australia, New Zealand, and the Malay Archipelago.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A geographical region composed of many islands (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) plus Australasia. It is located between Asia, Antarctica and the Americas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A large group of islands in the south Pacific sometimes including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago.

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

  • n. a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)


From French Océanie, coined circa 1812 by geographer Conrad Malte-Brun, from the Ancient Greek Ὠκεανός (Ōkeanos, "Oceanus") (Wiktionary)



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