Definition of Spratly Islands in US English:

Spratly Islands

proper noun

  • A group of small islands and coral reefs in the South China Sea, between Vietnam and Borneo. Dispersed over a distance of about 600 miles (965 km), the islands are variously claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

    Also called Nansha Islands

Pronunciation

Spratly Islands

/ˌspratlē ˈīləndz/