geographical name islands in Indian Ocean S of the Laccadives; a sultanate under British protection until 1965; now an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations capital Male area 115 square miles (299 square kilometers), population 143,046 • Maldivian adjective or noun

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  • Maldives — (république des) état insulaire de l océan Indien (env. 1 200 îles, dont 200 habitées, menacées par la montée de la mer), au S. O. du Sri Lanka; 298 km²; 195 000 hab. (Maldiviens); cap. Mâlé. Nature de l état: rép. présidentielle. Monnaie: roupie …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Maldives — probably from Skt. maladvipa garland of islands, from mala garland + dvipa island. Related: Maldivian …   Etymology dictionary

  • Maldives — [mal′dīvz] country on a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka: a former sultanate under British protection, it became independent in 1965, a republic in 1968, & a member of the Commonwealth in 1982: 115 sq mi (298 sq km);… …   English World dictionary

  • Maldives — Republic of Maldives ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ (Dhivehi Raa jeyge Jumhooriyya) …   Wikipedia

  • Maldives — Maldivian, /mawl div ee euhn, mal /, adj., n. /mawl deevz, mal duyvz/ a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate 1887 1965. 280,391; 115 sq. mi. (298 sq. km). Cap.: Male. Also called… …   Universalium

  • Maldives — ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ (dv) Dhivehi Raa je (dv) ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Maldives — <p></p> <p></p> Introduction ::Maldives <p></p> Background: <p></p> A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. It became a republic in 1968, three years… …   The World Factbook

  • Maldives — Mal|dives, the a country made up of a group of small islands in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka, which are famous for their beautiful beaches. Population: 310,764 (2001). Capital: Malé. The Maldives are threatened by ↑global warming,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Maldives — noun 1. a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 • Syn: ↑Republic of Maldives • Instance Hypernyms: ↑country, ↑state, ↑land • Part Holonyms: ↑Maldive Islands …   Useful english dictionary

  • Maldives — Maldive Islands Maldive Islands prop. n. A group of about 2000 islands in the Indian ocean; also known as the {Maldives}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maldives — noun /ˈmɒl.diːvz,ˈmɒl.daɪvz,ˈmɑl.daɪvz/ An island country in South Asia. Official name: Republic of Maldives …   Wiktionary

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