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Mar·i·an·a Islands(măr′ē-ăn′ə, mâr′-, mä′rē-ä′nä)
An island group in the western Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines. Guam, the largest island of the group, is independent of the others, which are known formally as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Marianas were claimed by Magellan for Spain in 1521. They were sold to Germany in 1899 (when Guam was ceded to the United States) and later became a Japanese mandate (1919-1944).
(Placename) a chain of volcanic and coral islands in the W Pacific, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea: divided politically into Guam (a US unincorporated territory) and the islands north of Guam constituting the Northern Mariana Islands (a US commonwealth territory). Area: 1018 sq km (393 sq miles). Former name (1521–1668): Ladrone Islands
Mar′i•an′a Is′lands(ˈmɛər iˈæn ə, ˈmær-, ˌmɛər-, ˌmær-)
a group of 15 islands in the W Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a U.S. possession, and the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 396 sq. mi. (1026 sq. km). Also called Mar`i•an′as.
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|Noun||1.||Mariana Islands - a chain of coral and volcanic islands in Micronesia (including Guam and the Northern Marianas) halfway between New Guinea and Japan; discovered by Magellan in 1521|
Federated States of Micronesia, Micronesia, TT - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
Northern Mariana Islands, Northern Marianas - a self-governing territory comprising all of the Mariana Islands except Guam