Maldives definition by Webster's New World
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); pop. 213,000; cap. Malé
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- Maldivian adjective, noun
Maldives definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Formerly Mal·dive Islands
An island country in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka, consisting of 19 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 12th century. 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. Population: 369,000.
- Mal·divˈi·an , Mal·diˈvan adjective & n.