geographical name
Tai·​wan | \ ˈtī-ˈwän How to pronounce Taiwan (audio) \
variants: or Formosa \ fȯr-​ˈmō-​sə How to pronounce Taiwan (audio) , fər-​ , -​zə \

Definition of Taiwan

island in the Pacific off the southeast coast east of Fujian, China area 13,892 square miles (35,980 square kilometers), population 23,340,000

Note: Taiwan belonged to Japan from 1895 to 1945. Since 1949 it has been the seat of the (Nationalist) Republic of China, with Taibei as its capital.

Other Words from Taiwan

Taiwanese \ ˌtī-​wə-​ˈnēz How to pronounce Taiwan (audio) , -​ˈnēs \ adjective or noun

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“Taiwan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Taiwan. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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