Definition of Timor in English:


proper noun

  • The largest of the Lesser Sunda Islands, in the southern Malay Archipelago.

The island was formerly divided into Dutch West Timor and Portuguese East Timor. In 1950 West Timor was absorbed into the newly formed Republic of Indonesia. In 1975 East Timor declared itself independent but was invaded and occupied by Indonesia. It became an independent country in 2002 (see East Timor)