Definition of Palau in US English:


(also Belau)

proper noun

  • A group of islands in the western Pacific Ocean, an independent republic since 1990; population 21,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Ngerulmud. It was part of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory administered by the US 1947–80.

Palau became a part of the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1947, began self-governing internally in 1980, and achieved independence in 1994