Definition of Kiribati in English:


Syllabification: Ki·ri·ba·ti
Pronunciation: /ˌkirəˈbäs
A country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean that includes the Gilbert, Line, and Phoenix islands, as well as Banaba (Ocean Island); population 112,900 (est. 2009); capital, Bairiki (on Tarawa); official languages, English and I-Kiribati (a local Austronesian language).

Inhabited by Micronesian people, the islands were sighted by the Spaniards in the mid 16th century. Britain declared a protectorate over the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in 1892, and they became a colony in 1915. British links with the Ellice Islands (now Tuvalu) ended in 1975, and Kiribati became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1979

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