[ muh-jel-uhn ]

  1. Ferdinand, c1480–1521, Portuguese navigator: discoverer of the Strait of Magellan 1520 and the Philippines 1521.

  2. Strait of Magellan, Also Straits of Magellan . a strait near the southern tip of South America between the mainland of Chile and Tierra del Fuego and other islands, connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. 360 miles (580 kilometers) long.

Other words from Magellan

  • Mag·el·lan·ic [maj-uh-lan-ik], /ˌmædʒ əˈlæn ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for Magellan (1 of 2)


/ (məˈɡɛlən) /

  1. Strait of Magellan a strait between the mainland of S South America and Tierra del Fuego, linking the S Pacific with the S Atlantic. Length: 600 km (370 miles). Width: up to 32 km (20 miles)

British Dictionary definitions for Magellan (2 of 2)


/ (məˈɡɛlən) /

  1. Ferdinand. Portuguese name Fernão de Magalhães. ?1480–1521, Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain. He commanded an expedition of five ships that set out to sail to the East Indies via the West. He discovered the Strait of Magellan (1520), crossed the Pacific, and reached the Philippines (1521), where he was killed by natives. One of his ships reached Spain (1522) and was therefore the first to circumnavigate the world

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