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[tuh-hee-tee, tah-] /təˈhi ti, tɑ-/
the principal island of the Society Islands, in the S Pacific. 402 sq. mi. (1041 sq. km).
Capital: Papeete. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The latter are not so Page 287plentiful nor so beautiful as in Tahiti, but still, to our English eyes, they appear very choice.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • Meredith was to command, and Tahiti in the Society Group was to be their headquarters.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • The Marquesas Islands are small and, in contrast to the coral and basaltic formation of Tahiti, of volcanic origin.

    Paul Gauguin, His Life and Art John Gould Fletcher
  • I came to him in Tahiti, hearing he was bound to the Paumotu Group.

  • They bottle it up in large bamboos, six or eight feet long, and these form part of the circulating medium of Tahiti.

  • Tahiti is now one of the civilised islands of the South Seas.

    The Cannibal Islands R.M. Ballantyne
  • As he was unwilling to lose time by heaving-to to effect a landing, he stood on towards Tahiti.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Tahiti


an island in the S Pacific, in the Windward group of the Society Islands: the largest and most important island in French Polynesia; became a French protectorate in 1842 and a colony in 1880. Capital: Papeete. Pop: 169 674 (2002). Area: 1005 sq km (388 sq miles)
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Tahiti in Culture

Tahiti definition

Largest island of French Polynesia, located in the south Pacific Ocean.

Note: Attracted by the Polynesian culture and spectacular climate and scenery, both Paul Gauguin and Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Tahiti and expressed its romantic allure through their works.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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