An overseas territory of France in the South Pacific; population 287,000 (est. 2009); capital, Papeete (on Tahiti). French Polynesia comprises the Society Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Tubuai Islands, and the Marquesas. It became an overseas territory of France in 1946, and was granted partial autonomy in 1977.
Definition of French Polynesia in:
- The US English dictionary