[ keer-ee-bah-tee, keer-uh-bas ]
/ ˌkɪər iˈbɑ ti, ˈkɪər əˌbæs /
a republic in the central Pacific Ocean, on the equator, comprising 33 islands. 263 sq. mi. (681 sq. km). Capital: Tarawa.
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Formerly Gilbert Islands.
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British Dictionary definitions for kiribati
/ (ˌkɪrɪˈbæs, ˌkɪrɪˈbætɪ) /
an independent republic in the W Pacific: comprises 33 islands including Banaba (Ocean Island), the Gilbert and Phoenix Islands, and eight of the Line Islands; part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands until 1975; became self-governing in 1977 and gained full independence in 1979 as the Republic of Kiribati; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: English, I-Kiribati (Gilbertese) is widely spoken. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Bairiki islet, in Tarawa atoll. Pop: 103 248 (2013 est). Area: 684 sq km (264 sq miles)
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