[ nuh-nahy-moh ]

  1. a seaport in southwestern British Columbia, Canada, on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, on the Strait of Georgia across from the port city of Vancouver on mainland British Columbia.

Origin of Nanaimo

First recorded in 1820–30 as an ethnonym; an Anglicized spelling of Halkomelem Snuneymuxw

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

How to use Nanaimo in a sentence

  • We were due at Nanaimo for the next concert and despite the storm we started and arrived safely Wednesday morning, March 8.

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