or la·dron


noun Southwestern U.S.

a thief.

Origin of ladrone

1550–60; < Spanish ladrón < Latin latrōn- (stem of latrō) mercenary, bandit

Mariana Islands

[mair-ee-an-uh, mar-, mair-, mar-; Spanish mah-ree-ah-nah]

noun (used with a plural verb)

a group of 15 small islands in the Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a possession of the U.S., and the North Marianas, formally under U.S. trusteeship. 453 sq. mi. (1127 sq. km).
Also called Mar·i·an·as.Formerly La·drone Is·lands [luh-drohn] /ləˈdroʊn/, La·drones [luh-drohnz; Spanish lah-thraw-nes] /ləˈdroʊnz; Spanish lɑˈðrɔ nɛs/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ladrones

Historical Examples of ladrones

  • He called the group of small islands, of which Guam is one, the Ladrones.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • "I should like to see the Marianas—or the Ladrones, as we traders call them," I said.

  • Terry understood: fear of the ladrones had paralyzed the natives.


    Charles Goff Thomson

  • The Ladrones have no settled residence on shore, but live constantly in their vessels.

  • After this the Ladrones returned, and plundered the town, every boat leaving it when laden.

British Dictionary definitions for ladrones

Mariana Islands

pl n

a chain of volcanic and coral islands in the W Pacific, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea: divided politically into Guam (a US unincorporated territory) and the islands north of Guam constituting the Northern Mariana Islands (a US commonwealth territory). Area: 1018 sq km (393 sq miles)Former name (1521–1668): Ladrone Islands
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