an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, in the SE Philippines, between Samar and Leyte islands: U.S.-Japanese naval battle 1944.
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British Dictionary definitions for Leyte Gulf
an inlet of the Pacific in the E Philippines, east of Leyte and south of Samar: scene of a battle (Oct 23–26, 1944) during World War II, in which the Americans defeated almost the entire Japanese navy, thereby ensuring ultimate Allied victory
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