Papeete

[pah-pee-ey-tey, puh-pee-tee]

Society Islands

plural noun
  1. a group of islands in the S Pacific: a part of French Polynesia; largest island, Tahiti. (Excluding minor islands) 453 sq. mi. (1173 sq. km). Capital: Papeete.

Tahiti

[tuh-hee-tee, tah-]
noun
  1. the principal island of the Society Islands, in the S Pacific. 402 sq. mi. (1041 sq. km). Capital: Papeete.

French Polynesia

noun
  1. a French overseas territory in the S Pacific, including the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, and other scattered island groups. 1544 sq. mi. (4000 sq. km). Capital: Papeete.
Formerly French Oceania.
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Examples from the Web for papeete

Historical Examples of papeete

  • Here Strickland lived, coming seldom to Papeete, on the produce of the land.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • He owes so much that there isn't a merchant in Papeete who isn't interested in his welfare.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • When we get to Papeete my manager is going to charter a schooner and away we'll sail.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • The view of Papeete and the sea was magnificent, but the outlook was not encouraging.

  • And, furthermore, he would get a reprimand at Papeete as well.


British Dictionary definitions for papeete

Papeete

noun
  1. the capital of French Polynesia, on the NW coast of Tahiti: one of the largest towns in the S Pacific. Pop: 130 000 (2005 est)

Society Islands

pl n
  1. a group of islands in the S Pacific: administratively part of French Polynesia; consists of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands; became a French protectorate in 1843 and a colony in 1880. Pop: 214 445 (2002). Area: 1595 sq km (616 sq miles)

Tahiti

noun
  1. an island in the S Pacific, in the Windward group of the Society Islands: the largest and most important island in French Polynesia; became a French protectorate in 1842 and a colony in 1880. Capital: Papeete. Pop: 169 674 (2002). Area: 1005 sq km (388 sq miles)

French Polynesia

noun
  1. a French Overseas Country (formerly Territory) in the S Pacific Ocean, including the Society Islands, the Tuamotu group, the Gambier group, the Tubuai Islands, and the Marquesas Islands. Capital: Papeete, on Tahiti. Pop: 277 293 (2013 est). Area: about 4000 sq km (1500 sq miles)Former name (until 1958): French Oceania
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papeete in Culture

Tahiti

Largest island of French Polynesia, located in the south Pacific Ocean.

Note

Attracted by the Polynesian culture and spectacular climate and scenery, both Paul Gauguin and Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Tahiti and expressed its romantic allure through their works.
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