- a group of islands in the S Pacific, the islands W of 170° W longitude constituting an independent state and the rest belonging to the U.S.
Examples from the Web for samoa
Samoa Air's chief executive, Chris Langton, said charging by weight was the fairest method.Want to Fly? It's Time to Pay By the Pound
April 3, 2013
Dao Tuyet Lien broke free from forced labor in Samoa to earn two college degrees, launch her own business, and start a family.Ending Human Slavery
The Daily Beast
March 9, 2010
On Wednesday, Obama nominated an openly gay ambassador, David Huebner, to New Zealand and Samoa.Hannity's Gay Target
October 8, 2009
Dr. Turner relates several traditions of the moon current in Samoa.Storyology
That which is sacred in Samoa to-day may be considered impious in Boston.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
In Samoa you needn't look out of the window to see if it is raining.
Then he bent his mind to the consideration of jails, of which Samoa boasted two.
The two months that followed were the most terrible in the history of Samoa.
- an independent state occupying four inhabited islands and five uninhabited islands in the S Pacific archipelago of the Samoa Islands: established as a League of Nations mandate under New Zealand administration in 1920 and a UN trusteeship in 1946; gained independence as Western Samoa in 1962 as the first fully independent Polynesian state; officially changed its name to Samoa in 1997; a member of the Commonwealth. Languages: Samoan and English. Religion: Christian. Currency: tala. Capital: Apia. Pop: 195 476 (2013 est). Area: 2841 sq km (1097 sq miles)
- Also called: Samoa Islands a group of islands in the S Pacific, northeast of Fiji: an independent kingdom until the mid 19th century, when it was divided administratively into American Samoa (in the east) and German Samoa (in the west); the latter was mandated to New Zealand in 1919 and gained full independence in 1962 as Western Samoa, now called Samoa (as detailed in sense 1). Area: 3038 sq km (1173 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for samoa
an indigenous name, said to be from the name of a Polynesian chieftain, or else meaning "place of the moa." Related: Samoan (1846, noun and adjective).