[ sahy-pan ]
/ saɪˈpæn /


an island in and the capital of the North Mariana Islands in the N Pacific, about 1350 miles (2173 km) S of Japan: taken by U.S. forces June–July 1944. 71 sq. mi. (184 sq. km).

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North Mariana Islands

plural noun

a group of islands in the W Pacific Ocean, N of Guam: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; since 1986 a commonwealth associated with the U.S. 184 sq. mi. (477 sq. km). Capital: Saipan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (saɪˈpæn) /


an island in the W Pacific, administrative centre of the US associated territory of the Northern Mariana Islands (on Capitol Hill); captured by the Americans and used as an air base until the end of World War II. Pop: 62 392 (2000). Area: 180 sq km (70 sq miles)
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