[ Japanese ryoo-kyoo; English ree-oo-kyoo ]

  1. a chain of Japanese islands in the western Pacific Ocean between Japan and Taiwan. 3,120 square miles (1,205 square kilometers).

Origin of Ryukyu

First recorded in 1930–45; from Japanese Ryūkyū Shōto “Ryukyu Archipelago”

Words Nearby Ryukyu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Ryukyu in a sentence

  • The Ryukyu Islands, off the port beam, were not visible in the metallic haze that grew as the sun arched higher.

    Mr. Wicker's Window | Carley Dawson