A territory of northern Canada, between Yukon Territory and Nunavut; capital: Yellowknife. Much of it consists of sparsely inhabited forests and tundra. The Northwest Territories, then including the land that is now Nunavut, was ceded by Britain to Canada in 1870. Nunavut became a separate territory in 1999.
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Syllabification: North·west Ter·ri·to·ries
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