Mariana Islands: Meaning and Definition of

Mar'i•an'a Is'lands

Pronunciation: (mâr'ē-an'u, mar'-, mâr"-, mar"- Sp. mä"rē-ä'nä), [key]
  1. a group of 15 small islands in the Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a possession of the U.S., and the North Marianas, formally under U.S. trusteeship. 453 sq. mi. (1127 sq. km). Also calledFormerly,Cf.
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