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  1. an island in the E West Indies; an overseas department of France. 425 sq. mi. (1100 sq. km). Capital: Fort-de-France.
Related formsMar·ti·ni·can [mahr-tn-ee-kuh n] /ˌmɑr tnˈi kən/, noun
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Examples from the Web for martinique

Historical Examples

  • Their old neighbours told me they had been gone to Martinique, about a twelvemonth.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It was a mulatto, from Martinique, who was Mr. Osgood's steward; and I helped him in.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • An attack on Martinique at midsummer was, however, a failure.

  • We will demand of them an account of our brethren in Cayenne, in Guadaloupe, and in Martinique.

    The Hour and the Man

    Harriet Martineau

  • A native of Martinique gave me this as the derivation of the word.

British Dictionary definitions for martinique


  1. an island in the E Caribbean, in the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles: administratively an overseas region of France. Capital: Fort-de-France. Pop: 403 795 (2007 est). Area: 1090 sq km (420 sq miles)
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martinique in Culture



Island in the eastern West Indies; an overseas part of France.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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