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[noo-koo-uh-law-fuh] /ˌnu ku əˈlɔ fə/
a seaport in and the capital of Tonga, in the S Pacific Ocean.


[tong-guh] /ˈtɒŋ gə/
a Polynesian kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the S Pacific, NE of New Zealand: a former British protectorate. About 270 sq. mi. (700 sq. km).
Capital: Nukualofa.
Also called Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Some of the prettiest trees in the world are to be seen in Nukualofa.

  • From Nukualofa we journeyed to Auckland, our second time in that city.

  • There is a training institution at Nukualofa, for missionaries, and for masters and mistresses of schools.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • A prominent resident whom we had met at Nukualofa, Mr. Parker, wrote to describe the honours paid to his memory.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • Next day Nukualofa was buzzing with the news of Ata's approaching dissolution.

    Savage Island Basil C. Thomson
  • We anchored in the harbour of Tongatabu, off the town of Nukualofa, on the 8th of November, at about midday.

    Cruise of the 'Alert' R. W. Coppinger
  • Almost as the dawn broke, two canoes were seen to put off from Nukualofa beach, and come towards the ship.

  • There are evidences of recent elevation of the land both to the eastward and westward of Nukualofa.

    Cruise of the 'Alert' R. W. Coppinger
  • Our steamer left Nukualofa that evening, and we took on board a number of natives bound for Samoa.

    Stevenson's Shrine Laura Stubbs
  • The missionaries now spent some time together at Nukualofa, where the field appeared so promising.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Nukualofa


a light two-wheeled vehicle used in rural areas of India
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi tāngā


/ˈtɒŋɡə; ˈtɒŋə/
(pl) -gas, -ga. a member of a Negroid people of S central Africa, living chiefly in Zambia and Zimbabwe
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family


/ˈtɒŋə; ˈtɒŋɡə/
a kingdom occupying an archipelago of more than 150 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji: inhabited by Polynesians; became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Tongan and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pa'anga. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Pop: 106 322 (2013 est). Area: 750 sq km (290 sq miles) Also called Friendly Islands
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