Definition of St Helena in English:

St Helena

Line breaks: St Hel¦ena
Pronunciation: /hɪˈliːnə
 
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A solitary island in the South Atlantic, a British overseas territory; population 7,600 (est. 2009); official language, English; capital, Jamestown. It was administered by the East India Company from 1659 until 1834, when it became a British colony. Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, and Gough Island are dependencies of St Helena. It is famous as the place of Napoleon’s exile (1815–21) and death.

Derivatives

St Helenian

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • English is the only language spoken on St Helena, although most St Helenians speak their own dialect of the English language.
  • This is an interview I did with three St. Helenian boys who are living in the Falkland Islands and going to school here.

Origin

so named when it was first encountered by the Portuguese on the feast day of St Helena, 21 May, 1502.

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