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[sey-shel, -shelz] /seɪˈʃɛl, -ˈʃɛlz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a republic consisting of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, NE of Madagascar: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 175 sq. mi. (455 sq. km).
Capital: Victoria. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The captain therefore changed his mind, and once more very unwillingly directed his course towards the distant Seychelles.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • Captain Romer was compelled to hurry off to the Seychelles Islands.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • While at anchor at the Seychelles, two large and fat English men-of-war appeared in the offing.

  • This remarkable polyp was brought from the Seychelles Islands by Mons.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • The dhow having been burnt, the Vulture stood away for the Seychelles.

  • The Seychelles species (Chamleon tigris) also occurs at Zanzibar.

    Island Life Alfred Russel Wallace
  • The last perigee occurred 400 miles last of the Seychelles Islands about 35 minutes ago.

  • The Andaman Islands and the Seychelles are its westernmost limits.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
British Dictionary definitions for Seychelles


/seɪˈʃɛl; -ˈʃɛlz/
plural noun
a group of volcanic islands in the W Indian Ocean: taken by the British from the French in 1744: became an independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1976, incorporating the British Indian Ocean Territory islands of Aldabra, Farquhar, and Desroches. Languages: Creole, English, and French. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: rupee. Capital: Victoria. Pop: 90 846 (2013 est). Area: 455 sq km (176 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Seychelles

renamed 1756 in honor of French finance minister Jean Moreau de Séchelles; spelling altered 1794 by the English when they took the islands from France. Related: Seychellois.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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