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a group of islands in the W Pacific: with Banaba, the Phoenix Islands, and three of the Line Islands they constitute the independent state of Kiribati; until 1975 they formed part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands; achieved full independence in 1979. Pop: 82 902 (2005). Area: 295 sq km (114 sq miles)
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Words nearby Gilbert Islands
Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Gilbert and George, Gilbert and Sullivan, Gilbertian, Gilbertine, Gilbert Islands, Gil Blas, gild, Gilda, gilded, Gilded Age
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Likewise, in the Gilbert Islands a man shows the same respect to a woman as to a chief, by stepping aside when he meets her.Sex and Society|William I. Thomas
Similar care is taken in the Carolines and the Gilbert Islands and in many other regions all over the world.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
In Tonga and in the Gilbert Islands the separation is rigidly enforced.The Fijians|Basil Thomson