- a thief.
Origin of ladrone
1550–60; < Spanish ladrón < Latin latrōn- (stem of latrō) mercenary, bandit
[mair-ee-an-uh, mar-, mair-, mar-; Spanish mah-ree-ah-nah]
- a group of 15 small islands in the Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a possession of the U.S., and the North Marianas, formally under U.S. trusteeship. 453 sq. mi. (1127 sq. km).
Compare North Mariana Islands.
Also called Mar·i·an·as.Formerly La·drone Is·lands [luh-drohn] /ləˈdroʊn/, La·drones [luh-drohnz; Spanish lah-th raw-nes] /ləˈdroʊnz; Spanish lɑˈðrɔ nɛs/.
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Examples from the Web for ladrones
He called the group of small islands, of which Guam is one, the Ladrones.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
"I should like to see the Marianas—or the Ladrones, as we traders call them," I said.The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton
Terry understood: fear of the ladrones had paralyzed the natives.Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
The Ladrones have no settled residence on shore, but live constantly in their vessels.
After this the Ladrones returned, and plundered the town, every boat leaving it when laden.
- a chain of volcanic and coral islands in the W Pacific, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea: divided politically into Guam (a US unincorporated territory) and the islands north of Guam constituting the Northern Mariana Islands (a US commonwealth territory). Area: 1018 sq km (393 sq miles)Former name (1521–1668): Ladrone Islands
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