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Australia definition

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This page has 23 definitions of Australia with English translations in 18 languages. Australia is a proper noun. Also define these 8 related words and terms: Oceania, Commonwealth of Australia, London, geology, continent, New Guinea, Australi, and Australia.

English Australia definition

Satellite image of Australia (English def. 1)

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Etymology

First attested 16th century, from Latin terra austrālis incōgnita (unknown southern land), from auster (the south wind). Used also in 1693 (quotation below). Popularised by Matthew Flinders in 1814 (quotation below).

Distantly cognate to Austria – same Proto-Indo-European root, but via German where it retained the earlier sense of “east” rather than “south”.

See also Terra Australis.

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Australia

  1. A country in Oceania. Official name: Commonwealth of Australia.
    • 1693: translation of a French novel by Jacques Sadeur (believed to be a pen name of Gabriel de Foigny) titled Les Aventures de Jacques Sadeur dans la Découverte et le Voiage de la Terre Australe published 1692, translation published in London in 1693. Quoted in The Australian Language by Sidney J. Baker, second edition, 1966, chapter XIX, section 1, pages 388-9.
      This is all that I can have a certain knowledge of as to that side of Australia ...
    • 1814, Matthew Flinders, A Voyage to Terra Australis, volume 1 (at Project Gutenberg)
      Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term, it would have been to convert it into AUSTRALIA; as being more agreeable to the ear, and an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth.
    • Commonwealth Of Australia definition
      The formal and full name of the country Australia.
  2. (geology) The continent of Australia-New Guinea. New Guinea and the intervening islands are also on the Australian tectonic plate and are thus geologically considered part of the continent.
    • Geology definition
      The science that studies the structure of the earth (or other planets), together with its origin and development, especially by examination of its rocks. (1 of 2 geology definitions)

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Albanian Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia f

  1. definite nominative of Australi
    • Australi definition
      australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

Asturian Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia f

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Basque Australia definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aus̺.tra.lja/, [au̯s̺.t̪ra.lja], [aws̺.t̪ra.lja], [au̯s̺.t̪ɾa.lja], [aws̺.t̪ɾa.lja]

Proper noun

Australia inan

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)
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Central Huasteca Nahuatl Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

Finnish Australia definition

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Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑu̯strɑ(ː)liɑ/, [ˈɑu̯s̠t̪rɑ(ː)ˌliɑ] (long vowel more common)
  • Rhymes: -iɑ
  • Syllabification: aust‧ra‧li‧a

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

Declension

Inflection of Australia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative Australia
genitive Australian
partitive Australiaa
illative Australiaan
singular plural
nominative Australia
accusative nom. Australia
gen. Australian
genitive Australian
partitive Australiaa
inessive Australiassa
elative Australiasta
illative Australiaan
adessive Australialla
ablative Australialta
allative Australialle
essive Australiana
translative Australiaksi
instructive
abessive Australiatta
comitative
Possessive forms of Australia (type kulkija)
possessor singular plural
1st person Australiani Australiamme
2nd person Australiasi Australianne
3rd person Australiansa

In Australia = Australiassa.

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Galician Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia f

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Ido Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Indonesian Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

Interlingua Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

Italian Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia f

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Latin Australia definition

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Austrālia f sg (genitive Austrāliae); first declension

  1. (New Latin) Australia

Declension

First-declension noun, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative Austrālia
Genitive Austrāliae
Dative Austrāliae
Accusative Austrāliam
Ablative Austrāliā
Vocative Austrālia

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Malay Australia definition

Etymology

From English Australia, from Latin terra austrālis incōgnita (unknown southern land), from auster (the south wind).

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

Norwegian Bokmål Australia definition

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Norwegian Nynorsk Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Polish Australia definition

Etymology

From English Australia, from Latin terra austrālis incōgnita.

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Australia f

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Romanian Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia f

  1. Australia (a country in Oceania)
  2. Australia (a continent)

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Sicilian Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia (f)

  1. Australia (a country in Oceania)
  2. Australia (a continent)

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Spanish Australia definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ausˈtɾalja/, [au̯sˈt̪ɾa.lja]

Proper noun

Australia f

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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Swahili Australia definition

Proper noun

Australia

  1. Australia (a continent and country in Oceania)

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