Maldives

geographical name
Mal·​dives | \ ˈmȯl-ˌdēvz How to pronounce Maldives (audio) , -ˌdīvz also ˈmal-, -divz \

Definition of Maldives

low-lying islands (atolls) in the Indian Ocean south of the Laccadive Islands; a sultanate under British protection until 1965; now an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations; capital Male area 115 square miles (298 square kilometers), population 392,500

Other Words from Maldives

Maldivian \ mȯl-​ˈdi-​vē-​ən How to pronounce Maldives (audio) , mal-​ \ adjective or noun

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“Maldives.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Maldives. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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