a city in and the capital of New Caledonia, on the SW coast.

New Caledonia

[kal-i-doh-nee-uh, -dohn-yuh]


an island in the S Pacific, about 800 miles (1290 km) E of Australia. 6224 sq. mi. (16,120 sq. km).
an overseas territory of France comprising this island and other smaller islands: formerly a penal colony. 131,665; 7200 sq. mi. (18,650 sq. km). Capital: Nouméa. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of noumea

  • They were at once transferred to the gunboat, which then proceeded on her voyage to Noumea.

    Edward Barry

    Louis Becke

  • But what struck me perhaps most of all was a word I heard on the verandah of the Tribunal at Noumea.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Every hour was "absinthe-hour" in Noumea, which had improved on Paris in this particular.

  • Towards the middle of 1873 a despatch of the Minister of Marine reached Noumea.

  • It was French, and at the top of the page Kate saw the word "Noumea."

    The Castle Of The Shadows

    Alice Muriel Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for noumea



the capital and chief port of the French Overseas Territory of New Caledonia. Pop: 146 000 (2005 est)

New Caledonia


an island in the SW Pacific, east of Australia: forms, with its dependencies, a French Overseas Country; discovered by Captain Cook in 1774; rich mineral resources. Capital: Nouméa. Pop: 264 022 (2013 est). Area: 19 103 sq km (7374 miles)French name: Nouvelle-Calédonie
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