- a city in and the capital of Australia, in the SE part, in the Australian Capital Territory.
- a continent SE of Asia, between the Indian and the Pacific oceans. 2,948,366 sq. mi. (7,636,270 sq. km).
- Commonwealth of, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of the federated states and territories of Australia and Tasmania. 2,974,581 sq. mi. (7,704,165 sq. km). Capital: Canberra.
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Some hint of this came at a news conference in Canberra in June.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
The couple will leave George in Canberra to travel to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in the Outback.Kate, William and George’s Tour of Australasia, Key Dates
March 20, 2014
Australian couple David and Janean Richards used 502,165 lights on their Canberra house.
Join us for a whole raft of critically acclaimed American films at the Canberra International Film Festival!U.S. Embassy In Australia Promotes Anti Drone Movie
October 30, 2013
Musharraf nominated Shah to be ambassador to Australia, but Canberra said no thanks.Pakistan’s Musharraf Has Been Accused of Knowing Osama bin Laden’s Hideout
February 14, 2012
She's only been here for three months—since the Canberra got in from Niflheim.
His year was up after the second shot; he came to Uller on the Canberra.
His year was up after the second shot; he came to Ullr on the Canberra.Ullr Uprising
Henry Beam Piper
The harbour, at the foot of the college playing-fields, is to be the port of entrance to the federal territory of Canberra.
The importance of Canberra, however, is not to be judged from the present condition of the site.
- the capital of Australia, in Australian Capital Territory: founded in 1913 as a planned capital. Pop: 309 799 (2001)
- a country and the smallest continent, situated between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific: a former British colony, now an independent member of the Commonwealth, constitutional links with Britain formally abolished in 1986; consists chiefly of a low plateau, mostly arid in the west, with the basin of the Murray River and the Great Dividing Range in the east and the Great Barrier Reef off the NE coast. Official language: English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: dollar. Capital: Canberra. Pop: 23 029 674 (2013 est). Area: 7 682 300 sq km (2 966 150 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for canberra
capital of Australia, 1826, from Aborigine nganbirra "meeting place."
from Latin Terra Australis (16c.), from australis "southern" + -ia. A hypothetical southern continent, known as terra australis incognita, had been proposed since 2c. Dutch explorers called the newfound continent New Holland; the current name was suggested 1814 by Matthew Flinders as an improvement over Terra Australis "as being more agreeable to the ear, and an assimilation to the name of the other great portions of the earth" ["Voyage to Terra Australis"]. In 1817 Gov. Lachlan Macquarie, having read Flinders' suggestion, began using it in official correspondence. The ultimate source is Latin auster "south wind," hence, "the south country."
The Latin sense shift in australis, if it is indeed the same word other Indo-European languages use for east (see aurora), for which Latin uses oriens (see orient), perhaps is based on a false assumption about the orientation of the Italian peninsula, "with shift through 'southeast' explained by the diagonal position of the axis of Italy" [Buck]; cf. Walde, Alois, "Lateinisches etymologisches Wörterbuch," 3rd. ed., vol. 1, p.87; Ernout, Alfred, and Meillet, Alfred, "Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine," 2nd. ed., p.94. Or perhaps the connection is more ancient, and from PIE root *aus- "to shine," source of aurora, which also produces words for "burning," with reference to the "hot" south wind that blows into Italy. Thus auster "(hot) south wind," metaphorically extended to "south."
Capital of Australia, located in southeastern Australia.