Definition of Seychelles in US English:


(also the Seychelles)

proper noun

  • A country that consists of a group of about 90 islands in the Indian Ocean, about 600 miles (1,000 km) northeast of Madagascar; population 96,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Victoria; languages, French (official), English, and Creole.

    The islands were uninhabited until the mid 18th century, when the French annexed them. The Seychelles were captured by Britain during the Napoleonic Wars and administered from Mauritius before becoming a separate colony in 1903 and an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1976