Kiribati definitions

kēr'ə-bä'tē, kîr'ə-băs'
An island country of the west-central Pacific Ocean near the equator. It includes the former Gilbert Islands, Banaba (Ocean Island), and the Phoenix and Line islands. Settled by Austronesian peoples before the 1st century ad , the islands, together with the Ellice Islands, became a British protectorate (1892–1916) and subsequently a crown colony under the name the Gilbert and Ellice Island Colony. The Ellice Islands gained independence (1978) as Tuvalu and the remaining islands (1979) as Kiribati. Tarawa is the capital.
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Country consisting principally of three groups of atolls in the WC Pacific, east of the Solomon Islands: formerly a British territory, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth (1979): 313 sq mi (811 sq km); cap. Tarawa.
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Country in Oceania. Official name in English: Republic of Kiribati.
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The Micronesian language spoken in Kiribati, also known as Gilbertese.
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Origin of kiribati

From Gilbertese Kiribati, a corruption of English Gilbert, a shortening of Gilbert Islands.