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[maw-rish-uh s, -rish-ee-uh s]
  1. an island in the Indian Ocean, E of Madagascar. 720 sq. mi. (1865 sq. km).
  2. a republic consisting of this island and dependencies: formerly a British colony. 809 sq. mi. (2095 sq. km). Capital: Port Louis.
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Formerly Île de France.
Related formsMau·ri·tian, adjective
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Historical Examples of mauritian

  • A Mauritian himself, he has had every opportunity to write a readable and interesting volume.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 8, 1923


  • The Mauritian Creoles have adopted a marine word in lieu of the French term frontière.

    "Gombo Zhbes"

    Lafcadio Hearn

British Dictionary definitions for mauritian


  1. of or relating to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Mauritius
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  1. an island and state in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar: originally uninhabited, it was settled by the Dutch (1638–1710) then abandoned; taken by the French in 1715 and the British in 1810; became an independent member of the Commonwealth in 1968. It is economically dependent on sugar. Official language: English; a French creole is widely spoken. Religion: Hindu majority, large Christian minority. Currency: rupee. Capital: Port Louis. Pop: 1 322 238 (2013 est). Area: 1865 sq km (720 sq miles)Former name (1715–1810): Île-de-France
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