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  1. a seaport in and the capital of Guam.


  1. an island, belonging to the U.S., in the N Pacific, E of the Philippines: the largest of the Marianas group; U.S. naval station. 206 sq. mi. (535 sq. km). Capital: Agaña. Abbreviation: GU (for use with zip code).
Related formsGua·ma·ni·an [gwah-mey-nee-uh n] /gwɑˈmeɪ ni ən/, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It also appears by an inscription of Nabonidus that he repaired a temple at the city of Agana, and left an inscription there.

    The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea

    George Rawlinson

  • A series of shootings in and around the town of Agana on Christmas Eve left a black and a white marine dead.

British Dictionary definitions for agana


  1. the former name for Hagåtña


  1. an island in the N Pacific, the largest and southernmost of the Marianas: belonged to Spain from the 17th century until 1898, when it was ceded to the US; site of naval and air force bases. Capital: Agana (now officially spelt Hagåtña). Pop: 160 378 (2013 est). Area: 541 sq km (209 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for agana


from Chamorro Guahan, said to mean literally "what we have."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

agana in Culture



A self-governing island territory of the United States, located in the western Pacific Ocean. With important naval and air bases, Guam is an American military bastion in the Pacific.

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