[ nah-oo-roo ]

  1. Republic of Nauru, an island republic in the Pacific, near the equator, west of Kiribati: administered by Australia before 1968. 8¼ sq. mi. (21 sq. km).

  • Formerly Pleasant Island .

Other words from Nauru

  • Na·u·ru·an, noun, adjective

Words Nearby Nauru Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Nauru in a sentence

  • "Bless you, Norah and dad hadn't tasted butter for nearly three years before they came on board the Nauru," said Jim.

    Back To Billabong | Mary Grant Bruce
  • Nauru is of utmost importance to them because they are extensive agricultural countries.

    The Pacific Triangle | Sydney Greenbie
  • While on Nauru Island labour was scarce, on Angaur several plants had to be finished before work could proceed to the full extent.

  • A jolly good ship, too, Tommy; one of the big Australian liners—the Nauru.

    Back To Billabong | Mary Grant Bruce

British Dictionary definitions for Nauru


/ (nɑːˈuːruː) /

  1. an island republic in the SW Pacific, west of Kiribati: administered jointly by Australia, New Zealand, and Britain as a UN trust territory before becoming independent in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth (formerly a special member not represented at all meetings, until 1999). The economy is based on export of phosphates. Languages: Nauruan (a Malayo-Polynesian language) and English. Religion: Christian. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Yaren. Pop: 9 434 (2013 est). Area: 2130 hectares (5263 acres): Former name: Pleasant Island

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