a seaport in and the capital of Tonga, in the S Pacific Ocean.




a Polynesian kingdom consisting of three groups of islands in the S Pacific, NE of New Zealand: a former British protectorate. About 270 sq. mi. (700 sq. km). Capital: Nukualofa.
Also called Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of nukualofa

  • Some of the prettiest trees in the world are to be seen in Nukualofa.

  • From Nukualofa we journeyed to Auckland, our second time in that city.

  • There is a training institution at Nukualofa, for missionaries, and for masters and mistresses of schools.

    Captain Cook

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • A prominent resident whom we had met at Nukualofa, Mr. Parker, wrote to describe the honours paid to his memory.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey

  • Next day Nukualofa was buzzing with the news of Ata's approaching dissolution.

    Savage Island

    Basil C. Thomson

British Dictionary definitions for nukualofa



a light two-wheeled vehicle used in rural areas of India

Word Origin for tonga

C19: from Hindi tāngā




plural -gas or -ga a member of a Negroid people of S central Africa, living chiefly in Zambia and Zimbabwe
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family




a kingdom occupying an archipelago of more than 150 volcanic and coral islands in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji: inhabited by Polynesians; became a British protectorate in 1900 and gained independence in 1970; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Tongan and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pa'anga. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Pop: 106 322 (2013 est). Area: 750 sq km (290 sq miles)Also called: Friendly Islands
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