Definition of Micronesia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmīkrəˈnēZHə/
1A region of the western Pacific Ocean, north of Melanesia and north and west of Polynesia. It includes the Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall island groups and Kiribati.
2A country in the western Pacific Ocean, north of the equator, composed of hundreds of islands in the Caroline Islands group; population 107,400 (est. 2009); capital, Palikir; languages, English (official) and Austronesian languages. Full name Federated States of Micronesia.

The group was administered by the US as part of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory from 1947 and entered into free association with the US as an independent state in 1986.


From Greek mikros 'small' + nēsos 'island'.

Words that rhyme with Micronesia

Melanesia, Polynesia

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Syllabification: Mi·cro·ne·sia

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