- Republic of, an island republic in the Pacific, near the equator, W of the Gilbert Islands: administered by Australia before 1968. 8¼ sq. mi. (21 sq. km).
Formerly Pleasant Island.
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Examples from the Web for nauru
While on Nauru Island labour was scarce, on Angaur several plants had to be finished before work could proceed to the full extent.Germany's Vanishing Colonies
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A jolly good ship, too, Tommy; one of the big Australian liners—the Nauru.
She sat down by Cecilia and talked, and presently it appeared that she also was sailing in the Nauru.
No one knew quite when the Nauru would berth; it was wrapped in mystery, like all movements of troopships.
"Bless you, Norah and dad hadn't tasted butter for nearly three years before they came on board the Nauru," said Jim.
- an island republic in the SW Pacific, west of Kiribati: administered jointly by Australia, New Zealand, and Britain as a UN trust territory before becoming independent in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth (formerly a special member not represented at all meetings, until 1999). The economy is based on export of phosphates. Languages: Nauruan (a Malayo-Polynesian language) and English. Religion: Christian. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Yaren. Pop: 9 434 (2013 est). Area: 2130 hectares (5263 acres)Former name: Pleasant Island
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Word Origin and History for nauru
of unknown origin; formerly known as Pleasant Island (1798). Related: Nauruan (1921).
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