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  1. Aus·tral·ia
    IPA[ôˈstrālyə]
    • 1. an island country and continent in the southern hemisphere, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations; population 28,500,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Canberra; official language, English.

    • an island country and continent in the southern hemisphere, in the south-western Pacific Ocean, a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations; population 28,500,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Canberra; official language, English.
    • a state in south central Australia; capital, Adelaide.
    • a state in western Australia; population 2,171,197 (2008); capital, Perth. It was colonized by the British in 1826 and was federated with the other states of Australia in 1901.
    • noun

      a national public holiday in Australia, commemorating the founding on 26 January 1788 of the colony of New South Wales.
    • noun

      the middle class in Australia, as characterized by traditional social attitudes and moderately conservative politics:
    • noun

      a catchphrase used as a patriotic slogan or motto in Australia:
    • a state comprising the western part of Australia; population 2,171,197 (2008); capital, Perth. It was colonized by the British in 1826, and was federated with the other states of Australia in 1901.
    • a state comprising the central southern part of Australia; population 1,603,361 (2008); capital, Adelaide. Constituted as a semi-independent colony in 1836, it became a Crown Colony in 1841 and was federated with the other states of Australia in 1901.
    • the national anthem of Australia, composed c. 1878 by P. D. McCormick (c. 1834–1916), a Scot, under the pen name ‘Amicus’. It officially replaced ‘God Save the Queen’ in 1984.
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