Definition of Mariana Islands in English:

Mariana Islands

(also the Marianas)

proper noun

  • A group of islands in the western Pacific, comprising Guam and the Northern Marianas.

Origin

Translating Las Marianas, the name given by Spanish colonists to the islands, in honour of Maria Anna, widow of Philip IV.

Pronunciation:

Mariana Islands

/ˌmarɪˈɑːnə/