[poo d-oo-cher-ee]
  1. a union territory of India, on the Coromandel Coast: formerly the chief settlement of French India; territory includes Mahé (on the Malabar Coast), Karikal, and Yanaon. 181 sq. mi. (469 sq. km).
  2. a seaport in and the capital of this territory.
Also Pon·di·ché·ry [pawn-dee-shey-ree] /pɔ̃ di ʃeɪˈri/.
Compare French India.
Formerly Pon·di·cher·ry [pon-di-cher-ee, -sher-ee] /ˌpɒn dɪˈtʃɛr i, -ˈʃɛr i/.
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  1. the former official name (until 2006) for Puducherry


  1. a Union Territory of SE India: transferred from French to Indian administration in 1954 and made a Union Territory in 1962. Capital: Puducherry. Pop: 973 829 (2001 est). Area: 479 sq km (185 sq miles)
  2. a port in SE India, capital of the Union Territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry), on the Coromandel Coast. Pop: 220 749 (2001)
Former official name (until 2006): Pondicherry
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