Oceania

[ oh-shee-an-ee-uh, -ah-nee-uh ]
/ ˌoʊ ʃiˈæn i ə, -ˈɑ ni ə /
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noun

the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and traditionally Australasia. About 3,450,000 sq. mi. (8,935,500 sq. km).
Also O·ce·an·i·ca [oh-shee-an-i-kuh] /ˌoʊ ʃiˈæn ɪ kə/.
Related formsO·ce·an·i·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for oceanian

  • The Oceanian group is formed of two races, the relations of which are somewhat vague.

    The Races of Man|Joseph Deniker

British Dictionary definitions for oceanian (1 of 2)

Oceanian

/ (ˌəʊʃɪˈɑːnɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Oceania or its inhabitants

noun

a native or inhabitant of Oceania

British Dictionary definitions for oceanian (2 of 2)

Oceania

/ (ˌəʊʃɪˈɑːnɪə) /

noun

the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia: sometimes also including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago
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Word Origin and History for oceanian

Oceania


"southern Pacific island and Australia, conceived as a continent," 1849, Modern Latin, from French Océanie (c.1812). Apparently coined by Danish geographer Conrad Malte-Brun (1755-1826). Earlier in English as Oceanica (1832). Oceania was the name of one of the superstates in Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Oceanea, name of James Harrington's 17c. ideal state, later was applied to the British empire.

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