Definition of Cook Islands in English:

Cook Islands

proper noun

  • A group of 15 islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean between Tonga and French Polynesia that have the status of a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; population 19,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Avarua, on Rarotonga.


Named after Captain James Cook (see Cook, James), who visited them in 1773.