Vanuatu[van′wä to̵̅o̅′, vän′-; van wä′to̵̅o̅, van′o̵o wä′to̵̅o̅]
Vanuatu definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
country on a group of islands in the SW Pacific, west of Fiji: formerly an Anglo-French condominium, it became an independent republic in 1980; member of the Commonwealth: 4,706 sq mi (12,188 sq km); pop. 143,000; cap. Vila
Vanuatu definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Formerly New Heb·ri·des
An island country of the southern Pacific Ocean east of northern Australia. Inhabited primarily by Melanesian peoples, the islands were first sighted by the Portuguese in 1606 and charted by Capt. James Cook in 1774. Under joint French and British control after 1906, New Hebrides achieved independence as Vanuatu in 1980. Port-Vila, on Efate Island, is the capital. Population: 212,000.
- Vanˌuaˈtu·an adjective & n.