[ tsoo-shee-mah ]

  1. two adjacent Japanese islands between the Korean Peninsula and Kyushu, Japan: incorporating, as an archipelago, more than 100 much smaller islands. 271 sq. mi. (702 sq. km).

Origin of Tsushima

First recorded in 1875–80; from Japanese

Words Nearby Tsushima

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How to use Tsushima in a sentence

  • We passed at one of the fishing hamlets the wreck of a Russian cruiser which came ashore after the battle of Tsushima.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The Russians had been consistently defeated on land and had lost their entire fleet at the battle of Tsushima.

  • And scarcely had he settled anywhere, before, with the typical Tsushima grin, he demanded his political rights.

    Banzai! | Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff

British Dictionary definitions for Tsushima


/ (ˈtsuːʃiːˌmɑː) /

  1. a group of five rocky islands between Japan and South Korea, in the Korea Strait: administratively part of Japan; scene of a naval defeat for the Russians (1905) during the Russo-Japanese war. Pop: 41 230 (2000). Area: 698 sq km (269 sq miles)

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