- a seaport in and the capital of Vanuatu.
- a republic consisting of a group of 80 islands in the S Pacific, about 1000 miles (1600 km) NE of Australia: formerly under joint British and French administration; gained independence 1980. About 5700 sq. mi. (14,763 sq. km). Capital: Vila.
Formerly New Hebrides.
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Examples from the Web for vila
At Vila, in the New Hebrides, we missed each other by one day.The Cruise of the Snark
He pulled out one of her hairs, whereupon the Vila vanished.
Now the horse was a Vila, and he said to them, “Have no fear; you have no need to hasten.”
If ever you should fall into any trouble, you have only to call, ‘Vila, stand by me!’
But I'm sorry to tell you that I hear she was a Vila and not a human maiden at all.The Laughing Prince
- a republic comprising a group of islands in the W Pacific, W of Fiji: a condominium under Anglo-French joint rule from 1906; attained partial autonomy in 1978 and full independence in 1980 as a member of the Commonwealth. Its economy is based chiefly on copra. Official languages: Bislama; French; English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: vatu. Capital: Vila (on Efate). Pop: 261 565 (2013 est). Area: about 14 760 sq km (5700 sq miles)Official name: Republic of Vanuatu Former name (until 1980): New Hebrides
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