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Mauritius Line breaks: Maur|itius
Pronunciation: /məˈrɪʃəs/

Definition of Mauritius in English:

An island country in the Indian Ocean, about 850 km (550 miles) east of Madagascar; population 1,284,300 (est. 2009); languages, English (official), French Creole, Indian languages; capital, Port Louis.

Previously uninhabited, Mauritius was discovered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. It was held by the Dutch 1598–1710 and then by the French until 1810, when it was ceded to Britain. Mauritius became independent as a member of the Commonwealth in 1968


Named by the Dutch in honour of Prince Maurice of Nassau, a stadtholder of the United Provinces.



Pronunciation: /məˈrɪʃ(ə)n/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The cuisine of the Mauritians inevitably reflects the ethnic diversity of its people - Creole, Indian curries, Muslim cuisine, Chinese, French and even English bacon and eggs.
  • The Mauritians - a wily, as well as charming, multicultural people - have long understood the commercial potential of their most famous, albeit extinct, inhabitant.
  • English is the official language; but the preferred lingua franca is French, and most Mauritians can switch seamlessly from one to the other.

Words that rhyme with Mauritius

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