Nassau

[ nas-aw; for 2, 3 also German nah-sou ]
/ ˈnæs ɔ; for 2, 3 also German ˈnɑ saʊ /

noun

a seaport on New Providence Island: capital of the Bahamas; seaside resort.
a district in central Germany: formerly a duchy, now a part of Hesse.
a member of a European royal family that ruled chiefly in Germany and the Netherlands until the 19th century.
Golf. an eighteen-hole match in which one point each is awarded to the players having the lowest score for the first nine holes, for the second nine holes, and for the entire round.

Definition for nassau (2 of 2)

Bahamas

[ buh-hah-muh z, -hey- ]
/ bəˈhɑ məz, -ˈheɪ- /

noun

(used with a plural verb) a group of islands in the W Atlantic Ocean, SE of Florida.
(used with a singular verb) an independent country comprising this group: formerly a British colony; gained independence 1973. 4404 sq. mi. (11,406 sq. km). Capital: Nassau.
Also called Bahama Islands.

Related forms

Ba·ha·mi·an [buh-hey-mee-uh n, -hah-] /bəˈheɪ mi ən, -ˈhɑ-/, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nassau (1 of 2)

Nassau


noun

(German ˈnasaʊ) a region of W central Germany: formerly a duchy (1816–66), from which a branch of the House of Orange arose (represented by the present rulers of the Netherlands and Luxembourg); annexed to the Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau in 1866; corresponds to present-day W Hesse and NE Rhineland-Palatinate states
(ˈnæsɔː) the capital and chief port of the Bahamas, on the NE coast of New Providence Island: resort. Pop: 229 000 (2005 est)

British Dictionary definitions for nassau (2 of 2)

Bahamas

Bahama Islands

/ (bəˈhɑːməz) /

pl n

the Bahamas a group of over 700 coral islands (about 20 of which are inhabited) in the Caribbean: a British colony from 1783 until 1964; an independent nation within the Commonwealth from 1973. Language: English. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Capital: Nassau. Pop: 319 031 (2013 est). Area: 13 939 sq km (5381 sq miles)
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Culture definitions for nassau

Bahamas

[ (buh-hah-muhz) ]

Republic in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of 700 islands and islets and 2,400 smaller islands, called cays.

Note

The Bahamas were under the control of Britain until 1973, when they became an independent, self-governing state.

Note

The Bahamas are a popular winter resort.
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