home islands

[ hohm-ahy-luhndz ]

plural noun
  1. the Japanese archipelago (excluding Sakhalin), especially as distinguished from Japan’s former colonies and its other territories.

  2. History/Historical. the progressively limited areas over which the Japanese emperor retained sovereignty during the end of World War II.

Origin of home islands

First recorded in 1800–10, in reference to the British Isles

Words Nearby home islands

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