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Nouméa

[noo-mey-uh] /nuˈmeɪ ə/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of New Caledonia, on the SW coast.

New Caledonia

[kal-i-doh-nee-uh, -dohn-yuh] /ˌkæl ɪˈdoʊ ni ə, -ˈdoʊn yə/
noun
1.
an island in the S Pacific, about 800 miles (1290 km) E of Australia. 6224 sq. mi. (16,120 sq. km).
2.
an overseas territory of France comprising this island and other smaller islands: formerly a penal colony. 131,665; 7200 sq. mi. (18,650 sq. km).
Capital: Nouméa.
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  • They were at once transferred to the gunboat, which then proceeded on her voyage to noumea.

    Edward Barry

    Louis Becke
  • But what struck me perhaps most of all was a word I heard on the verandah of the Tribunal at noumea.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Every hour was "absinthe-hour" in noumea, which had improved on Paris in this particular.

  • Towards the middle of 1873 a despatch of the Minister of Marine reached noumea.

  • It was French, and at the top of the page Kate saw the word "noumea."

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • The heir was accused of crime, and banished for life to noumea.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • She was the first lady who had ever come to noumea, he said, on a journey of pleasure.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • An agent was appointed to act as intermediary between them and the traders of noumea.

  • A good many Australians, however, were established in trade in noumea.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • "Not life-prisoners at noumea," replied the other; and the answer fell desolately on Virginia's ear.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for noumea

Nouméa

/ˌnuːˈmeɪə; French numea/
noun
1.
the capital and chief port of the French Overseas Territory of New Caledonia. Pop: 146 000 (2005 est)

New Caledonia

noun
1.
an island in the SW Pacific, east of Australia: forms, with its dependencies, a French Overseas Country; discovered by Captain Cook in 1774; rich mineral resources. Capital: Nouméa. Pop: 264 022 (2013 est). Area: 19 103 sq km (7374 miles) French name Nouvelle-Calédonie
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