Definition of Cook Islands in US English:

Cook Islands

proper noun

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


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