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Mal·dives(môl′dīvz, -dēvz, măl′-) Formerly Mal·dive Islands (-dīv, -dēv)
An island country in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka, consisting of about 20 atolls made up of more than 2,000 coral islands. Settled by various groups from southern Asia, the islands were converted to Islam in the 1100s. The Maldives became a self-governing British protectorate in 1887 and achieved independence as a sultanate (1965) and subsequently as a republic (1968). Male is the capital.
(Placename) Republic of Maldives a republic occupying an archipelago of 1087 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka: came under British protection in 1887; became independent in 1965 and a republic in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth. The economy and infrastructure were severely damaged in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Divehi. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: rufiyaa. Capital: Malé. Pop: 393 988 (2013 est). Area: 298 sq km (115 sq miles). Also known as: the Maldive Islands
Mal•dives(ˈmɔl divz, ˈmæl daɪvz)
Republic of, a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of Sri Lanka, consisting of about 1200 islands: British protectorate 1887–1965. 300,220; 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km). Cap.: Male.
Mal•div′i•an (-ˈdɪv i ən) adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Maldives - a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965|
Maldive Islands, Maldives - a group of about 1,200 small coral islands (about 220 inhabited) in the Indian ocean
Male - the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands
|2.||Maldives - a group of about 1,200 small coral islands (about 220 inhabited) in the Indian ocean|
Maldives, Republic of Maldives - a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965
Indian Ocean - the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean to the south