An island of the southern Pacific Ocean in the Windward group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. It was settled by Polynesians in prehistoric times and colonized by the French in the 1800s.
(place) One of the Society Islands, in the South Pacific: 402 sq mi (1,041 sq km); chief town, Papeete.
Tahiti Sentence Examples
In Guiana and Cochin-China the franchise is restricted to citizens, in which category the natives (in those colonies) are not included.1 The inhabitants of Tahiti though accorded French citizenship have not been allotted a representative in parliament.
After successfully observing the transit from the island of Tahiti, or Otaheite, as Cook wrote it, the " Endeavour's " head was turned south, and then north-west, beating about the Pacific in search of the eastern coast of the great continent whose western shores had been so long known to the Dutch.
(For map, see Pacific Ocean.) The principal island is Tahiti.
In 1768 Louis de Bougainville visited Tahiti, claimed it as French, and named it La Nouvelle Cythere.
On the 12th of April 1769 the British expedition to observe the transit of Venus, under the naval command of James Cook, arrived at Tahiti.