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[boo-gan-veel for 1; boo-guh n-vil, boh-, French boo-gan-veel for 2]
  1. Louis An·toine de [lwee ahn-twan duh] /lwi ɑ̃ˈtwan də/, 1729–1811, French navigator.
  2. the largest of the Solomon Islands, in the W Pacific Ocean: part of Papua New Guinea. 4080 sq. mi. (10,567 sq. km).
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Historical Examples of bougainville

  • Bougainville was the first Frenchman who sailed round the world.

    Diderot and the Encyclopdists

    John Morley

  • Bougainville and called by him Louisiade, and probably joins to it.

  • The rumor of the English invasion was confirmed by Bougainville.

  • Two vessels were placed under the orders of M. de Bougainville.

  • Still, Bougainville's worst apprehensions were not upon this score.

British Dictionary definitions for bougainville


  1. an island in the W Pacific, in Papua New Guinea: the largest of the Solomon Islands: unilaterally declared independence in 1990; occupied by government troops in 1992, and granted autonomy in 2001. Chief town: Kieta. Area: 10 049 sq km (3880 sq miles)
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  1. Louis Antoine de (lwi ɑ̃twan də). 1729–1811, French navigator
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