French Polynesia
or formerly French Oceania geographical name islands in S Pacific belonging to France & including Society, Marquesas, Tuamotu, Gambier, & Austral groups capital Papeete (on Tahiti) population 212,000

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  • French Polynesia — Polynésie française (French) Pōrīnetia Farāni (Tahitian) …   Wikipedia

  • French Polynesia — French overseas territory in the South Pacific, consisting principally of five archipelagoes: 1,260 sq mi (3,263 sq km); pop. 189,000; cap. Papeete: formerly called French (Settlements in) Oceania …   English World dictionary

  • French Polynesia — a French overseas territory in the S Pacific, including the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, and other scattered island groups. 119,168; 1544 sq. mi. (4000 sq. km). Cap.: Papeete. Formerly, French Oceania. * * * French Polynesia Introduction… …   Universalium

  • French Polynesia — <p></p> <p></p> Introduction ::French Polynesia <p></p> Background: <p></p> The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up… …   The World Factbook

  • French Polynesia —    Catholics began the process of Christianizing the islands that are now French Polynesia in 1659, but Protestant efforts that began in the 19th century have won over the majority of the population.    In 1797, a group of missionaries arrived in …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • French Polynesia — noun /ˈfrɛntʃ pɒl.ɪˈniː.ʒə,ˈfrɛntʃ pɒl.ɪˈniː.zi.ə,ˈfrɛntʃ pɒl.ɪˈniː.ʃə,ˈfrɛntʃ pɑ.lɪˈni.ʒə,ˈfrɛntʃ pɑ.ləˈni.ʒə/ An overseas territory of France in Oceania. Official name: Territory of French Polynesia …   Wiktionary

  • French Polynesia — French′ Polyne′sia n. geg a French overseas territory in the S Pacific, including the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, and other scattered island groups. 224,911; 1544 sq. mi. (4000 sq. km) Cap.: Papeete …   From formal English to slang

  • French Polynesia — French Pol|y|ne|si|a about 130 islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, including ↑Tahiti, which belong to France. Population: 253,506 (2001). Capital: Papeete …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • French Polynesia — French overseas terr., South Pacific; comprises the Society, Marquesas, Gambier, and other islands; 1,550 sq. mi.; pop. 197,000; cap. Papeete …   Webster's Gazetteer

  • French Polynesia — noun a French overseas possession in the South Pacific • Syn: ↑French Oceania • Instance Hypernyms: ↑possession • Part Holonyms: ↑Polynesia • Part Meronyms: ↑Society …   Useful english dictionary

  • French Polynesia — /frɛntʃ pɒləˈniʒə/ (say french poluh neezhuh) noun a French overseas territory in the South Pacific, including the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, and other widely scattered island groups. 3999 km2. Languages: French, Tahitian and other… …   Australian English dictionary

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