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An island country of the central Pacific Ocean south of the equator and west of Kiribati. Inhabited by a population of mainly Polynesian ancestry, Nauru was explored by the British in 1798, became a German protectorate in 1888, and was administered by Australia from 1914 until 1942, when it was captured by Japan. Recaptured by Australia in 1945, Nauru became independent in 1968. Yaren is the de facto capital.

Na·u′ru·an adj. & n.


(Placename) an island republic in the SW Pacific, west of Kiribati: administered jointly by Australia, New Zealand, and Britain as a UN trust territory before becoming independent in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth (formerly a special member not represented at all meetings, until 1999). The economy is based on export of phosphates. Languages: Nauruan (a Malayo-Polynesian language) and English. Religion: Christian. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Yaren. Pop: 9 434 (2013 est). Area: 2130 hectares (5263 acres). Former name: Pleasant Island


(nɑˈu ru)

Republic of, an island republic in the Pacific, near the equator, W of the Gilbert Islands: a UN trusteeship until 1968. 10,605; 8 sq. mi. (21 sq. km). Formerly, Pleasant Island.
Na•u′ru•an, n., adj.
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Noun1.Nauru - an island republic on Nauru IslandNauru - an island republic on Nauru Island; phosphate exports support the economy
Nauru Island, Pleasant Island, Nauru - a small island in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii; in Micronesia to the west of the Gilbert Islands
Nauruan - a native or inhabitant of Nauru
2.Nauru - a small island in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii; in Micronesia to the west of the Gilbert Islands
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
Nauru, Republic of Nauru - an island republic on Nauru Island; phosphate exports support the economy
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