Pronunciation: (pon"di-cher'ē, -sher'ē),[key] —n. 1. a union territory of India, on the Coromandel Coast: formerly the chief settlement of French India; territory includes Mahé (on the Malabar Coast), Karikal, and Yanaon. 471,707; 181 sq. mi. (469 sq. km).
2. a seaport in and the capital of this territory. 90,639. Also,Pon•di•ché•ryPronunciation: (pôn-dē-shā-rē').[key]Cf. French India.