Definition of Marshall Islands in US English:

Marshall Islands

(also the Marshalls)

proper noun

  • A country that consists of two chains of islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean; population 53,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Majuro; languages, English (official) and local Austronesian languages.

The islands were made a German protectorate in 1885. After being under Japanese mandate following World War I, they were administered from 1947 until 1986 by the US as part of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory and then became a republic in free association with the US


Named after John Marshall, an English adventurer who visited the islands in 1788.


Marshall Islands