Balearic islands

a group of islands including Ibiza, Majorca, and Minorca, and constituting a province of Spain in the W Mediterranean Sea. 1936 sq. mi. (5015 sq. km).
Capital: Palma.
Contemporary Examples

The former regional premier of the Balearic Islands, Jaume Matas, has been indicted and is now free on a €3 million bond.
Iñaki Urdangarin, Spain’s Royal Son-in-Law, Suspected of Fraud Mike Elkin December 9, 2011

Princess Cristina has been asked to appear in court in Palma de Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands, on 27 April.
Engulfed by Scandal, Could The Spanish Royal Family Fall? Tom Sykes April 3, 2013

Historical Examples

Mago had in the meantime withdrawn to the Balearic Islands, and thence to Liguria.
Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8 Various

When he returned to me from that mad trip to the Balearic Islands I had not the heart to scold.
Melomaniacs James Huneker

The manufacture spread over the Balearic Islands, and among the populations that border the Mediterranean.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3 Various

It is said that this kind of soil is also found in the Balearic Islands.
Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius

I hear you think of spending the winter in the Balearic Islands?
The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd

The Balearic Islands appear to offer a good field to the entomologist.
The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd

Formentera was at once recognized by Servadac and the count as the name of one of the smallest of the Balearic Islands.
Off on a Comet Jules Verne

He raided the Spanish coast and carried off slaves from the Balearic Islands.
The Pirates’ Who’s Who Philip Gosse

plural noun
a group of islands in the W Mediterranean, consisting of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Cabrera, and 11 islets: a province of Spain. Capital: Palma, on Majorca. Pop: 1 071 500 (2003 est). Area: 5012 sq km (1935 sq miles) Spanish name Baleares (baleˈares)


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