Definition of Marquesas Islands in English:

Marquesas Islands

proper noun

  • A group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific, forming part of French Polynesia; population 8,658 (2007). The islands were annexed by France in 1842. The largest island is Hiva Oa, on which the French painter Paul Gauguin spent the last two years of his life.

Pronunciation

Marquesas Islands

/mɑːˈkeɪzəs ˌʌɪləndz/