an island in and the capital of the North Mariana Islands in the N Pacific, about 1350 miles (2173 km) S of Japan: taken by U.S. forces June–July 1944. 71 sq. mi. (184 sq. km).
a group of islands in the W Pacific Ocean, N of Guam: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; since 1986 a commonwealth associated with the U.S. 184 sq. mi. (477 sq. km). Capital: Saipan.
an island in the W Pacific, administrative centre of the US associated territory of the Northern Mariana Islands (on Capitol Hill); captured by the Americans and used as an air base until the end of World War II. Pop: 62 392 (2000). Area: 180 sq km (70 sq miles)