New Guinea

geographical name

Definition of New Guinea

  1. 1 or Papua island of the Malay Archipelago in the western Pacific north of eastern Australia; divided between Indonesia on the west and Papua New Guinea on the east area over 305,000 square miles (789,950 square kilometers) Exclusive of Australia, New Guinea is the second largest island in the world.

  2. 2 the northeastern portion of the island of New Guinea which was formerly a territory and is now part of Papua New Guinea — see north-east new guinea

New Guinean

play \ˈgi-nē-ən\ adjective or noun

NEW GUINEA Defined for English Language Learners

New Guinea

geographical name

Definition of New Guinea for English Language Learners

  • : island divided between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea


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