Definition of New Caledonia in English:

New Caledonia

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An island in the South Pacific, east of Australia; population 227,400 (est. 2009); capital, Nouméa. Since 1946 the island has formed, with its dependencies, a French overseas territory; the French annexed the island in 1853. French name Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Origin

named, by Captain Cook in 1774, after the Roman name Caledonia 'Scotland'.

Derivatives

New Caledonian

noun & adjective
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  • For example, a key provision creating a special New Caledonian citizenship status intended to control immigration from France was declared unconstitutional by a French court in 1999.
  • The parallel work of Bogliolo on New Caledonian literature also contains brief discussions of the engravings, drawn from the earlier works, where they are placed alongside petroglyph motifs and treated semiologically as visual signs.
  • The majority of the residents of the Northern Province live in villages, and nearly all these villagers are Kanak, New Caledonian Melanesians.

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