[ lah-boo-ahn ]

  1. an island off the W coast of Sabah: part of Sabah state, E Malaysia: a free port. 35 sq. mi. (90.65 sq. km).

Words Nearby Labuan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Labuan in a sentence

  • A rich mine of copper is worked at Mukki near Labuan-haji, by the Achinese.

    The History of Sumatra | William Marsden
  • At present the colony of Labuan seems a farce, and ought either to be done away with or placed on an entirely different footing.

    The Last Voyage | Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • After the Labuan failure, however, one is disposed not to be over-sanguine in such matters.

    The Last Voyage | Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • The island of Labuan lies six miles west of the northern portion of Bruneï.

    Four Young Explorers | Oliver Optic
  • The coalmines of Labuan have been worked spasmodically, but success has never attended the venture.

British Dictionary definitions for Labuan


/ (ləˈbuːən) /

  1. an island off the NW coast of Borneo, forming a federal territory of Malaysia: part of the Straits Settlements until 1946, when transferred to North Borneo. Chief town: Victoria (or Labuan). Area: 98 sq km (38 sq miles)

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