Definition of Samoa in US English:


proper noun

  • 1A group of islands in Polynesia, divided between American Samoa and the nation of Samoa.

    1. 1.1 A country consisting of the western islands of Samoa; population 193,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Apia; languages, Samoan and English (both official).

Visited by the Dutch in the early 18th century, the islands were divided administratively in 1899 into American Samoa in the east and German Samoa in the west. After World War I, the nine western islands were mandated to New Zealand and became an independent republic known as Western Samoa within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1962. The country became known as Samoa in 1997